According to Resource Center Marketing and Communication Coordinator Jennifer Williams,
“Resource Center provides needed nutritional support to people living with HIV/AIDS with food distributed through our Food Pantry and weekday hot meals program. Weight loss and malnutrition continue to be common problems with HIV and can contribute to HIV disease progression. A healthy diet improves quality of life, and good nutrition helps the body process the many medications taken by people with HIV. Good nutrition helps keep the immune system strong, enabling a person living with HIV to better fight the disease.
“Our wish is that food continues to be medicine for our clients. Resource Center is requesting support of our HIV nutrition programs. During the holiday season we see a huge influx of clients that stock up on several weeks’ worth of groceries when normally they are allowed to shop once per week. After the holiday rush, inventory can become low and we will need to restock to continue to meet the high demand of activity.
“We have a need for the following items:
- “Canned vegetables such as green peas, all styles of tomatoes, sliced, diced and or whole potatoes, asparagus and red beans.
- “Canned meat such as chili, Spam, chicken, Spaghetti-o’s with meatballs, ravioli with meat and sardines.
- “Canned fruit such as, fruit cocktail, peaches, pears and or pineapples
- “Meal replacement drinks and shakes like Ensure
“In addition to perishable food items, a monetary gift makes an impact!
- “$30 provides a daily hot meal for a person living with HIV for one month at Resource Center’s Hot Meals program.
- “$60 provides vital groceries for a person living with HIV for an entire month from the Food Pantry at Resource Center.
- “$90 provides an educational speaker and lunch for one HIV support group meeting.
-By Jennifer Williams, Resource Center marketing and communications coordinator
* Photos provided by Resource Center