FREE Meals & Groceries for Cancer Patients Living in MD, DC & VA

FREE Meals & Groceries for Cancer Patients Living in MD, DC & VA


If you live in MD, DC or VA, check out Food & Friends– they provide FREE, nutritious meals and groceries as well as nutrition counseling to people living with a life-challenging illness (HIV, cancer, etc).


To become eligible for services from Food & Friends, cancer patients must meet the following criteria:

  • Patients must have active cancer;
  • Their nutritional status is compromised because of inadequate food intake due to chewing/swallowing difficulties, lack of appetite, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, or inability to prepare or procure food;
  • Patients are currently managing side effects & conditions from chemo, radiation or palliative therapy.

There are no requirements for income or insurance coverage.  And all services are provided at no cost to recipients.


Food & Friends Home-Delivered Meals will deliver 3 nutritious meals a day, up to 6 days a week to patients & their families who live in Maryland (as far north as Hagerstown), Virginia (as far south as Fredericksburg) & Washington, DC.  They offer 11 different nutritional plans to choose from.


Food & Friends’ Groceries-to-Go Service is available for those individuals and families who either live outside their freshly-prepared meals delivery area OR those clients who are healthy enough to prepare their own meals.  2 bags of non-perishable groceries plus frozen soups and entrees (prepared by Food & Friends Chefs) can be delivered either weekly or every other week.


Food & Friends’ Nutrition Counseling & Education can provide individualized nutrition counseling, cooking classes, bimonthly workshops on nutrition and other wellness-related topics such as stress management, & much more.


For more information, please contact Food & Friends’ directly by clicking HERE.

2 thoughts on “FREE Meals & Groceries for Cancer Patients Living in MD, DC & VA

  1. Kristie Brock

    Hi, my name is Kristie Brock. I recently had a cranionomy to remove a brain tumor. I soon will be going through 3 to 4 cyberknife radiation surgeries then chemotherapy. I’m interested in registering for food delivery. I am still unable to drive at this time. Is there a way to do an intake over the phone?

    1. Robyn Post author

      Kristie, Im so sorry to hear about your brain tumor. Please contact Food and Friends directly. Their phone number is (202) 269-2277. They are an amazing organization and I’m sure they’ll be able to help you. Best, Robyn


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