Elanco donates to low-income cancer patient food program

GREENFIELD — Elanco Animal Health recently provided a $75,000 grant to Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana to fund an initiative to provide low-income cancer patients with healthy, medically-tailored meals during their course of treatment.

Cancer patients will be referred by the Little Red Door Cancer Agency, a nonprofit organization affiliated with the United Way of Central Indiana, that serves uninsured and under-served people with cancer throughout Indianapolis. The patients referred by the agency will be provided with nutrition through Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana during their cancer treatments and three months afterward, officials said.

A key goal of the initiative, which is expected to serve approximately 100 patients in the Indianapolis area, is to draw conclusions between nutritional support and compliance to treatment, ultimately improving the patient’s outcomes and overall quality of life, according to a news release.

Patients who participate also will receive critical education about how healthy eating patterns can positively impact cancer survivors and their loved ones for many years to come.

Elanco provides comprehensive products and knowledge services to improve animal health and food-animal production in more than 70 countries around the world. Founded in 1954, Elanco is a division of Eli Lilly and Company. Its worldwide headquarters and research facilities are located in Greenfield.

The grant took effect July 1 and will end in June 2018.