This week the foundation gave $21,000 to the initiative, which is operated through the Knoxville/Knox County Community Action Commitee‘s Mobile Meals program. Provision CARES launched the program with CAC in 2014 in order to provide patients with healthful, nutritious meals during their cancer treatment. Since then, the Caring Plate has suppled more than 5,600 meals to cancer patients and their families. Patients from the following medical centers qualify for the program: East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center, Provision Center for Proton Therapy, Provision Radiation Therapy, Tennessee Cancer Specialists and the University of Tennessee Cancer Institute.
“The Provision CARES Foundation is honored that the L5 Foundation believes in our unique partnership with CAC to make The Caring Plate program available to families battling cancer throughout our region,” said Provision CARES Foundation Executive Director Les Fout. “The Caring Plate would not be possible without the L5 Foundation and other generous donors who want to make cancer patients cancer survivors.”
The Provision CARES program helps provide a needed service to the community, said Susan Long, director of CAC’s Office on Aging.
“Working with The Caring Plate just seemed like a natural fit,” she said. “It has always been our goal to grow the Mobile Meals program to serve more people of all ages and needs in our community who need nutritious meals to stay healthy and independent in their homes. Preparing meals for and delivering them to the homes of cancer patients just seemed like an obvious next step, and we were thrilled when Provision CARES brought the idea to us. We are happy to see the program taking off like it has and serving more people throughout Knox and surrounding counties who are fighting this disease.”
The L5 Foundation supports five cancer related causes: breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung Cancer, colon cancer, and childhood malignancies.
Provision CARES Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation formed as a world class cancer-care organization that provides cancer awareness, education, wellness, research and patient assistance for patients, their families, and the public in East Tennessee.
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