The San Antonio Food Bank is partnering with the Cancer Center Council (CCC) to provide food and nutritional supplements to needy patients treated at the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC).
The Food Bank provides food and grocery products to more than 500 partner agencies in 16 counties through Southwest Texas. In the most recent fiscal year, the agency distributed 48 million pounds of food.
The Cancer Center Council is a volunteer, nonprofit organization that supports the CTRC.
The food distribution to patients began in November as part of the Helping Hands Program, an ongoing partnership of the CCC, the CTRC and generous individuals and businesses. The CCC picks up food from the San Antonio Food Bank and delivers and stocks a pantry at the CTRC.
The Patients and Family division, a part of the CTRC, distributes the groceries to patients, based on need-based guidelines established by the SA Food Bank.
"Because of the cost of cancer treatments, we have patients and families who are unable to afford food and nutritional supplements," explains Mary Jackson, director of the Patients and Family Assistance group. "Thanks to the CCC and the SA Food Bank, we can help."
Jackson lauded the Helping Hands Program, which has helped provide gift cards, nutritional supplements and other supplies needed by patients.
"They do such great work and they are always trying to find new ways to help us meet the needs of our patients. It is very inspirational," Jackson added.
Donations are always needed by the CCC to fund programs, such as Helping Hands. If you would like to help, go to the CCC website: http://www.cancercentercouncil.com.