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Our Story

The Joy Bus is a nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to relieve the daily struggles of people with cancer by delivering a fresh and healthy meal with a friendly face. Our mission is to improve the lives of our patrons through good food and company. Founded in 2011 by award-winning chef, Jennifer Caraway, The Joy Bus was named in honor of her dear friend Joy. Joy struggled with the painful and debilitating side effects of ovarian cancer to which she ultimately succumbed. Her grace, drive, and determination inspire us to help those who fight that same battle.

Many cancer patients are left to fend for themselves during this turning point in their lives. The Joy Bus eases that burden by providing healthy meals specified to meet our patrons’ needs, delivered by volunteers who are often cancer survivors themselves.

More than a Meal

Your support of The Joy Bus Meal Delivery Program makes such a difference in our community. With your donation, we are able to help improve the quality of life of homebound cancer patients and aid in their healing process by delivering fresh, medically-tailored meals, social support, and nutrition education at no cost to our clients.

$20 - 2 weeks of home visits for an individual dealing with cancer diagnosis and treatment.

$40 - 4 wellness checks. It is a heartbreaking reality that many cancer patients have to face their diagnosis and treatment without the support of friends or family. The Joy Bus makes sure they are not alone.

$80 - 8 fresh, delicious, healthful meals. Medically-tailored to aid in the healing process during cancer treatment.

$120 - 12 opportunities to let a person who is dealing with some of the most difficult days of their life know that they are loved and cared for beyond measure.


"The Joy Bus gave her just that...Joy. It created love. And hope. And faith. And it gave her something to fight for." - Jenny S.

Let’s Work Together

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