Food to Overcome Outcome Disparities

Food to Overcome Outcome Disparities

Many immigrants and other medically underserved people lack the resources to obtain food. In fact, 61 percent of patients served by the Integrated Cancer Care Action Network (ICCAN) are food insecure. Such patients often have worse treatment outcomes and a poorer quality of life than those who have enough to eat.(1)

Food to Overcome Outcome Disparities (FOOD) is working to improve food security among immigrants and other medically underserved people who are undergoing treatment for cancer and other chronic illnesses.

Food Pantries for People with Cancer

Since 2011, the FOOD Program has distributed more than 10,000 bags of nourishing food to more than 1,600 patients and their families through our six pantries in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. A seventh pantry site will open at Elmhurst Hospital Center in 2015.

FOOD is currently conducting a clinical trial to study the impact of food vouchers, grocery home delivery, and hospital-based food pantries on cancer treatment, quality of life, food security, and nutritional status.

Case Management

In addition to food distribution, the Program provides comprehensive case management to enrolled patients. FOOD has developed an extensive referral network of patient support organizations, including CancerCare, Stomp the Monster, Food Bank’s Tiered Engagement Network, and God’s Love We Deliver.

FOOD Provider Training Course

The FOOD Provider Training Course is designed to educate clinicians about the importance of addressing food intake and access during clinical patient encounters. This training module offers strategies and resources to help providers ensure that patients are food secure throughout their treatment. View our training course and provide feedback on the course. You can also test your knowledge from the course using our curriculum questionnaire.

Partner Organizations

Contact Us

For more information about FOOD program activities, please contact Julia Ramirez at ramirej1@mskcc.org.

For more information about FOOD research, please contact Nicole Roberts at robertsn@mskcc.org.