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2-1-1
Population served: Everyone in the U.S. (check the website for availability in your area) 

Mission: 2-1-1 is the telephone number of a call center that offers information and provides referrals to health and human services for everyday needs and in times of crisis. Services vary from community to community.  

Examples of service referrals include:
  • Basic human need resources: food banks, clothing, shelters, rent assistance and utility assistance
  • Physical and mental health resources: medical information lines, crisis intervention services, counseling, drug and alcohol intervention
  • Employment support: unemployment benefits, financial assistance, job training, transportation assistance and education programs
  • Support for older Americans and persons with disabilities: home healthcare, adult daycare, congregate meals, Meals on Wheels, respite care, transportation and homemaker services
  • Support for children, youth and families: childcare, family resource centers, summer camps and recreation programs, mentoring, tutoring and protective services.

2-1-1 Canada
Population served:
Certain sections of Canada (check the website for availability in your area)

Mission: 2-1-1 is the telephone number of a call center that offers information and provides referrals to health and human services for everyday needs and in times of crisis. Services vary from community to community.

Examples of service referrals include:

  • Health services and support
  • Financial and social assistance
  • Housing and utility help
  • Food assistance and meal programs
  • Senior services and home care
  • Government program assistance
  • Parenting and family programs
  • Disability support services
  • Volunteer organizations
  • Newcomer services
  • Mental health support

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 
Contact: 800-877-1600
Population Served: Anyone in need of nutritional information
Other language(s): Spanish

Mission: The world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy.

  • Provides reliable and evidence-based nutrition information for the public
  • Website offers search feature to find a registered dietician by location or expertise

American Cancer Fund (ACF)
Contact: 908 431-9800
Population served: Anyone affected by cancer and needing information

Mission: ACF is dedicated to the education, support and empowerment of those diagnosed with cancer by organizing and clarifying information. Provides information about:

  • Living with Cancer
  • Clinical Trials 
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Nutrition and Exercise 
  • Oral Health

American Cancer Society (ACS)
Contact: 800-227-2345
Population served: People affected by a cancer internationally; programs and services offered to patients and caregivers residing in the United States
Other language(s): Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese

Mission: In the U.S., ACS is a community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.

  • Provides education materials both online and in print about cancer, including blood cancers, as well as related information such as diet, exercise, complementary and alternative medicine, and disease statistics
  • Offers support services via online discussion boards and in-person support groups through local chapters
  • Road to Recovery, a program offered locally by some chapters, has volunteer drivers who transport patients to and from treatment appointments
  • Look Good, Feel Better program for female adults and teens helps with self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments
  • Hope Lodges are temporary housing accommodations for patients traveling far from home for treatment. There are more than 30 lodges. For more details, click here.
  • American Cancer Society's Wig Bank- Provides free wigs from limited supply to needy patients suffering hair loss due to cancer treatment. Intended for those with insufficient insurance coverage for cranial prostheses (wigs). For more details, click here.
  • Cancer Survivors Network, a global online community, transcends geographic boundaries and builds bonds among cancer survivors and caregivers through shared experiences and feelings.

American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR)
Contact: 800-843-8114  
Population served: The general public and health professionals in the U.S.
Other language(s): Spanish

Mission: AICR focuses its research on the link between diet and cancer and translates the results into practical information for the public; provides funding for research at leading universities, hospitals and research centers throughout the U.S. and abroad.

  • Offers nutrition information
  • Provides a newsletter filled with practical tips on living for lower cancer risk
  • Tested cancer-protective recipes for making plant-based meals
  • Offers practical tips for moving more and losing weight
  • Has interactive web tools 

Cancer Fund of America, Inc.
Contact: 800-578-5284
Population served: Cancer patients, health professionals, hospices
Other language(s): Spanish

Mission: To provide aid to cancer patients, hospices, health care providers, and other non-profit organizations that assist the poor and less fortunate in times of illness by sending much needed products free of charge.

  • Anyone with cancer can apply via application on website, health professional signature required
  • Assistance programs include such items as:
    o Liquid nutritional supplements and vitamins
    o Adult diapers, bed pads, and exam gloves
    o Fans and seasonal gift boxes
    o Lotions and ointments
    o Food items
    o Various medical supplies and non-prescription medicine
    o Toys, clothing, and hygiene Items

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 
Contact:
800-232-4636
Population served: Anyone seeking information on health
Other language(s): Spanish

Mission: Collaborating to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health- through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats; is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting public health activities in the U.S.

  • Monitors health, detects and investigates health problems
  • Conducts research to enhance prevention and implements prevention strategies
  • Develops and advocates sound public health policies
  • Promotes healthy behaviors and fosters safe and healthful environments
  • Provides leadership and training. 
  • Cancer Survivorship - CDC works with public, non-profit, and private partners to create and implement strategies to help the millions of people in the U. S. who live with, through, and beyond cancer. For more details, click here.

Chemocare.com
Contact: Website only - available in English and Spanish
Population served: Anyone seeking information on chemotherapy or cancer treatment
Other language(s): Spanish

Mission: Chemocare.com® is a website designed to provide the latest information about chemotherapy to patients and their families, caregivers and friends. The site focuses on care during chemotherapy including information about FDA approved chemotherapy medications, nutrition, managing side effects and self-care tips. The content is continually updated and reviewed by oncology specialists.

Cook For Your Life
Contact: 212-799-3894
Population served: All cancer survivors, patients, and caregivers
Other language(s): Spanish

Mission: A nonprofit organization that teaches healthy cooking to people touched by cancer. 

  • Hosts a website that is an interactive space where patients, caregivers and survivors can search our healthy recipes based on their treatment and /or dietary needs. 
  • Provides easy recipes and tips so they can get the healthy nourishing food they need during cancer treatment and beyond
  • Offers in-person free cooking classes to patients and survivors in the New York City area.

Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC)
Contact: 301-504-5414
Population served: People seeking nutrition information, worldwide

Mission: FNIC provides credible, accurate, and practical nutrition resources for consumers, nutrition and health professionals, educators, and government personnel.

  • Resource Lists help consumers and nutrition professionals locate information and materials for specific food and nutrition topics, in a variety of formats including articles, pamphlets, books, audio-visuals and website links
  • Offers online searchable databases on nutrition education materials from federal government agencies, scientific literature and bibliographic databases.

National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service
Contact: 800-422-6237
Population served: People with cancer and their caregivers in the U.S.
Other language(s): Spanish

Mission: To provide accurate, up-to-date, and reliable information on cancer that is easy to understand; this confidential service is a federally funded cancer education program.

  • Offers trained information specialists who can answer cancer-related questions on a range of cancer topics, including the most recent advances in cancer treatment.

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS)
Contact: 301-435-2920
Population served: People seeking information about dietary supplements in the U.S.
Other language(s): Spanish

Mission: The mission of ODS, a division of the National Institutes of Health, is to strengthen knowledge and understanding of dietary supplements by evaluating scientific information, stimulating and supporting research, disseminating research results, and educating the public to foster an enhanced quality of life and health for the U.S. population.

  • Provides evidence-based educational materials on vitamins, minerals, herbs, botanicals and other dietary supplements for consumers and health professionals
  • Provides information on federally funded research projects pertaining to dietary supplements
  • Dietary Supplement Ingredient Database (DSID) provides the amount of nutrients in some dietary supplements based on chemical analysis
  • Newsletters provide information on ODS activities, news and resources.
last updated on Thursday, May 22, 2014
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