A MISSION OF NUTRITION

DOING OUR PART IN THE FIGHT AGAINST HIV/AIDS AND CANCER

Fighting with food

In October of 1988, when Food Outreach was founded, resources were scarce for low-income people living with HIV/AIDS. Having seen the effects of the disease on the health of seven close friends, the organization’s founders made a promise to help them find comfort. Proper nutrition, as they found, was key to maintaining a strong immune system, managing symptoms and complications, and counteracting changes that the body often experiences such as extreme weight loss, infections, diarrhea, lipodystrophy, and more. By providing the right balanced diet, nutrition counseling, and other resources, Food Outreach could improve the quality of life for not only our founders’ friends, but others in the community living with HIV/AIDS. In 2006, we expanded that mission to include help for those diagnosed with cancer.  We now serve more than 2,000 people each year.

We have served more than 6,000,000 meals to over 12,500 clients in our 28-year history. An impassioned staff along with over 700 dedicated volunteers cook, pack, and distribute over 535,000 meals annually. Food Outreach has a long-standing tradition of compassion and service for the most vulnerable in our community. The majority of our clients live on an annual income under $17,600 and battle a life-threatening illness. Our dietetic counseling and nutrition education as well as our meals and groceries are free and vitally important in helping clients.

Comprehensive programs

Absolutely free to those who qualify

Homemade meals, dietetic counseling, nutrition education, cooking classes, home delivery, weekly three-course lunches, and caring interaction.

Dietitian & Chef on-staff

In constant collaboration

We combine the art of the kitchen and the science of health to create the most unique and meaningful meal plans and nutrition programs; both for individuals and groups.

Broad access

Qualification is simple

We serve any person battling HIV/AIDS or cancer living at or below 300% of the Federal Poverty Level. We’ve never turned away a qualified client or had to implement a waiting list for any services.

Your donations make all of this possible

Help us keep our promise of providing nourishment for all men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS and cancer

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