COMFORT THROUGH FOOD
The Comfort Through Food program provides a source of nutrition for children in cancer treatment when it is difficult to eat, as well as fun food activities for patients and their families to enjoy while receiving care at the clinic. The program offers psychosocial support of the mind, body and spirit to help patients cope with cancer treatment. We provide delicious comfort foods to patients and their families at the Children’s Blood & Cancer Center at Dell Children’s inpatient unit and outpatient clinic, as well as to families staying at the nearby Ronald McDonald Family Rooms.
Macaroni and Cheese / Chicken ‘n Dumplings
The program’s signature servings of mac n’ cheese and chicken and dumplings are soft, tasty and easily digestible comfort foods in single serving, microwavable containers. We stock the freezers in the family rooms of the Children’s Blood & Cancer Center outpatient clinic, 4 North inpatient unit at Dell Children’s, and the Ronald McDonald Family Rooms. These foods can be especially comforting for children who have trouble eating due to mouth and throat discomfort from treatments. CBCC staff call it the “magic wand” that eases the anxiety of so many children as they anticipate procedures. The nurses often say much needed weight gain can be attributed in part to our delicious mac n’ cheese. We will supply more than 4,000 servings of mac n’ cheese over the coming year.
You can help support the Comfort Through Food Program and Mac n’ Cheese by donating here
Inspired by a Dell Children’s patient, the Nicholas Project offers small undecorated cakes to patients with all of the colored icings and assorted fun sprinkles to decorate their very own special cake for their families while the patient undergoes treatment in the clinic.
You can help support the Comfort Through Food Program and the Nicholas Project by donating here
Food Fight For Life
A question often heard from parents of children in treatment is "How do I feed my child?" Food Fight For Life©, a nutrition program that provides at minimum four cooking classes a year, teaches how to make nutrient-dense meals. Children going through treatment often don't have the best relationship with food.
You can definitely see a difference in a child’s overall energy, strength, and quality of life when nutrition intervention is started early, aggressively managed and an integral part of their treatment plan. They tend to have more “good” days than “bad”, recover quicker from treatment side effects and infections, and enjoy living life.
You can help support the Comfort Through Food Program and Food Fight For Life by donating here
We provide celebration cakes for cancer patients who happen to spend their birthday in the hospital or clinic. We also provide specially themed end-of-treatment cakes for cancer patients who have completed cancer treatments.
You can help support the Comfort Through Food Program and Celebration Cakes by donating here
Holiday and Special Events Food and Treats
We provide holiday and special event food and treats to the CBCC outpatient clinic and Dell Children’s inpatient unit for patient and family during themed holidays such as Cinco de Mayo, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, etc.
You can help support the Comfort Through Food Program and Holiday And Special Event Food and Treats by donating here
Libbie’s Family Lunch Day at Clinic and Dell
Libbie’s Funtime Foodtruck travels to CBCC and Dell Children’s for “Family Lunch Days” to give children and families free yummy lunches and a fun distraction during frequent treatment visits which can number several days per week at no cost to them.
You can help support the Comfort Through Food Program and Libbie's Family Lunch Day by donating here
Thanksgiving Dinners for Patient Families
We prepare and deliver full Thanksgiving turkey dinners to families who cannot afford to buy groceries or must forego a holiday gathering because illness, medical appointments, and hospitalizations prevent them from traveling.
You can help support the Comfort Through Food Program and Thanksgiving Dinners for Patient Families by donating here