An Inside Look at the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade’s Impact – Understanding the Importance of Nutrition

By: All for the Breast Editorial Team, September 27, 2017

The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade believes food is medicine. We know that oftentimes the side effects from cancer treatments leave one too weak to prepare meals for themselves and their families. Additionally, many underserved breast cancer patients do not have access to nutritious food resulting in hunger and malnutrition, which can contribute to medical complications, repeat hospitalizations, reduced adherence to prescribed treatment and higher mortality rates.

We support six nutrition programs in major cities who provide nutrition-counseling, education, grocery services and home-delivered meals to underserved women with breast cancer and their dependents. These programs help fill this gap, so people can get the nutrients they need and underserved breast cancer patients don’t have to choose between getting food on the table and paying rent or their electric bill. By alleviating the barrier to accessing food, these patients can focus on getting healthier and stronger.

In the final part of our impact video series, we explore how these nutrition programs are enabling underserved breast cancer patients put their health first by alleviating the stress of getting nutritious meals on the table for themselves and their families.

“We’re providing not only the calories but also the micronutrients that are going to help stimulate the immune system, that are going to help overall the body heal, and be in a better place to receive their treatments.” Anna Kinard, RD Community Dietitian, Food & Friends

Learn more about our programs: Access to Care, Metastatic Program, Centers of Excellence and Research Initiatives, and Support Services Programs.

To help the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade continue this important work across the country, donate now at avonbcc.org.