Food & Friends Partners with Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to Support High-Risk Patients

- August 9, 2021

Child with breathing apparatus

Food & Friends is partnering with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to deliver medically tailored meals to patients living with cystic fibrosis in the Washington, D.C. region.

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. People who have cystic fibrosis are severely nutritionally compromised.  According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, “individuals with cystic fibrosis require more energy to breathe normally, fight lung infections and compensate for poor digestion. For these reasons, they need more calories than people without cystic fibrosis.”

“Expanding our meal program to this particularly high-need population within our community is a natural continuation of our mission,” said Carrie Stoltzfus, MPH, Executive Director of Food & Friends.  “The lack of reliable access to a sufficient amount of affordable, nutritious food is a barrier that many in the CF community face. We’re excited to serve as an important health intervention to improve the lives of people with cystic fibrosis.”

Food & Friends has 33 years of experience preparing and delivering specialized meals to individuals living with a serious or chronic illness.  The organization offers 12 meal plans to help individuals manage illness symptoms and treatment side effects, while also improving health outcomes. Registered dietitians on staff worked in partnership with registered dietitians at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to design a diet high in calories, especially protein and fat, to address the complex nutritional needs for people with cystic fibrosis.

The partnership will focus on serving three targeted groups of cystic fibrosis patients, including pediatric patients, patients discharged from the hospital and patients who are awaiting a lung transplant and are unable to shop and prepare food.  Cystic fibrosis patients will be referred to Food & Friends from Children’s National Medical Center, Inova Fairfax and Johns Hopkins.

Clients will receive home-delivered meals and may choose to include dependents and caregivers on the meal service. Food & Friends will be able to serve up to 120 individuals through this partnership during the first year.

For more information about how to refer a cystic fibrosis patient to Food & Friends, please visit https://foodandfriends.org/refer-a-client/

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