The Joy Bus Meal Delivery Program

The Joy Bus is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving quality of life for homebound cancer patients by eradicating patient malnutrition and improving mental health factors. We do this by delivering a fresh, medically-tailored meal, social support, and essential nutrition education each week at NO COST to our clients.

Our organization was founded in 2011 by Jennifer Caraway after her good friend Joy was
diagnosed with an aggressive form of ovarian cancer. Joy’s drive and determination in the face of suffering and even death continues to inspire us and teach us the soul-healing powers of a hot, delicious meal and a compassionate, smiling face.

The Joy Bus Meal Delivery Program is an entirely unparalleled program in the Phoenix area. Our meals are delivered each week by a compassionate volunteer in eco-friendly, chemical-free packaging. We are fortunate to have the support of local farms, such as Crooked Sky Farms, that provide fresh, organic, non-GMO produce for the preparation of our client’s meals. Tucked into each paper bag that has been decorated by a community member is an informational sheet on the nutritional power of the ingredients used and how this will support their fight against cancer. To date, The Joy Bus Meal Delivery Program has provided over 6,000 meals to those fighting cancer in our community. The nutritional and psychological outcomes of this program are significant, ultimately improving clients’ quality of life in the face of a devastating disease.


Delivering Compassion through the Joy in Food

Smooch a Pooch on Valentine’s Day!


This Valentine’s Day, head to The Joy Bus Diner where you can pet, kiss, or hug one of the cutest puppies around and get a photo for a donation to The Joy Bus and our mission of serving homebound cancer patients!

Friday, February 14, 2020

The Joy Bus Diner
3375 E Shea Blvd, Ste C1
Phoenix, AZ 85028

New Board Member – Mike Hawthorne

Please join us in welcoming our newest Board member, Mike Hawthorne to The Joy Bus Board of Directors! Mike will be joining us as Board Treasurer and we are very thankful for the impressive amount of financial experience that he brings to the table!

Michael Hawthorne is a Certified Public Accountant with over 30 years of experience in government and private practice.  He retired in 2017 from the Arizona Department of Corrections as its Chief Financial Officer after a 30-year career with the State of Arizona.  He’s currently self-employed with a tax preparation practice.  He has an undergraduate degree in Business from Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, an MBA from Western International University in Phoenix, and is a member of the Arizona Society of CPAs.  He’s been a resident of Phoenix since 1985, and lives with his partner, Tony, and their three dogs.

New Board Member – Amanda Henley


Please join us in welcoming the wonderful Amanda Henley to The Joy Bus Board of Directors! She will be joining us as Board Secretary and we are already very thankful for her supreme organizational skills.

Amanda has always had a passion for all things food-related – cooking and most certainly eating. A little over a year ago, Amanda came across an ad on Facebook looking for Events Committee volunteers in support of The Joy Bus. She instantly fell in love with our mission of providing fresh, chef-inspired meals and companionship to homebound cancer patients. What a great opportunity to share her love of food with people who need that nutrition and comfort the most! Beyond joining the Events Committee, Amanda also started serving at The Joy Bus Diner on the weekends. She is humbled by the generosity of The Joy Bus supporters and is honored to be serving her community beside them.

An Illinois native, Amanda has lived in the valley for 17 nice and warm years. She is a proud resident of The Joy Bus “Sheaborhood” where she lives with her husband, Darren, and dog child, Hank. When not looking for event and fundraising opportunities for The Joy Bus, Amanda works full time as a Business Systems Consultant for Wells Fargo Bank. In her spare time she loves to troll Pinterest looking for new recipes and scout out new places to eat around town. You’ll also find her almost every day sweating at the gym, where she occasionally teaches group fitness classes.


Beth McDonald Woman of the Year Award 2020

Our Founder and Executive Director, Jennifer Caraway, was honored to be the featured Guest Speaker for the 99.KEZ Beth McDonald Woman of the Year. We are thankful for the opportunity for Jennifer to share her personal and Joy Bus story to a new audience and want to send a huge congratulations to Jessica Nicely for being awarded Woman of the Year!


OHSO Brewery – Community Brew 2020

Community Brew 2020 (1)

So stoked for this Community Brew with OHSO Brewery- Paradise Valley and North 32nd! Check out the Collective Crush IPA and $1 from every pint will be donated to The Joy Bus #MoreThanAMeal Delivery Program serving homebound cancer patients!

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