Providing nutrient-dense, organic meals and nutrition education, free of charge, to people facing cancer

Our Mission

We are dedicated to raising awareness in our community about healthy lifestyles and nourishing meal preparation. We strive to be a resource for those undergoing cancer treatments by providing guidance, support, and delicious organic meals.

Our Vision

Our vision is to educate the Nashville community about proper nutrition, healthy meal options, and provide nutrient-rich meals to patients fighting cancer during a time when eating right can make all the difference.

Our History

Meals 4 Health and Healing was founded by Kathie Heimerdinger whose husband, Mike (former Tennessee Titans Offensive Coordinator), passed away from cancer in 2011. After his passing, her family channeled their grief into supporting not only the cancer patient but also the caregiver. Through their experiences, they became acutely aware of the huge burden a cancer diagnosis is on the whole family, not just emotionally and financially, but how it upends the entire family. Food is medicine and is a source of comfort and connection as well. Between appointments and treatments, nutritious food preparation is often sidelined. Meals 4 Health and Healing fills that gap and allows for caregivers to focus on their loved one, thereby taking away the burden of decision making, shopping, and preparing meals that aid in healing and provide nourishment.

Along with this mission is the priority of youth development. As we engage teen volunteers into joining our Meals 4 Health and Healing team, we provide nutrition education, cooking skills, meal preparation, leadership skills, and the importance of giving back to the community.

Meals 4 Health and Healing was designed after the Ceres Community Project of Sonoma County, California.

Nourishing Our Community

The Heimerdinger Foundation provides and delivers organic, nutrient-dense meals and nutrition education free of charge to people facing cancer through its signature Meals 4 Health and Healing program. Every week, we serve approximately 500 nutrient-dense servings to over 60 cancer patients and their caregivers so that those going through cancer treatment can focus on healing. Our meals, based on a plant-forward menu, are immune boosting and anti-inflammatory. Our clients share with us that this gift of food is a critical source to their healing and that the nutrition education we provide inspires a transformational journey in how they learn to nourish themselves. Food is medicine and is a source of comfort and connection as well.

Along with this mission is the priority of youth development. As we engage teen volunteers in joining our Meals 4 Health and Healing team, we provide nutrition education, cooking skills, knowledge around meal preparation, leadership skills, and the importance of giving back to the community.

Meals 4 Health and Healing was designed after the Ceres Community Project of Sonoma County, California.

Who We Serve

Our program serves the residents of Davidson and Williamson counties who are currently in active cancer treatment. If you believe that you or your loved one is eligible for our program, reach out via email to clients@hfmeals.org or by calling 615-730-5632. We will be in contact within two to three business days.

Helpful Resources

The Heimerdinger Foundation is proud to be a Ceres Affiliate Partner, a national network of organizations building healthier communities by empowering young people, promoting community service, caring for our neighbors and restoring healthy and organic fresh foods to their place as the foundation of health for people and planet.

Community Partners

Please support the local businesses and organizations that support Meals 4 Health & Healing!