Food For Friends
A well-balanced, nutritious meal is a vital way for those with HIV and AIDS to stay as healthy as possible, but in the midst of a debilitating disease or life’s daily struggles, appointments, treatments and other responsibilities, finding the time and money for such meals is often impossible.
The Food For Friends (FFF) Program of NO/AIDS Task Force has been supplying groceries and home delivered meals to HIV infected and affected individuals in the greater New Orleans area for over 14 years. NO/AIDS Task Force has been serving the community for over 25 years.
Through the generosity of donations from many friends and Second Harvest, hundreds of clients shop for groceries and personal care items every month in the Food For Friends Pantry. In 2009 The Pantry at Food For Friends distributed over 73,000 lbs of groceries to hundreds of clients.
Food For Friends & First Church Community Kitchen
The community kitchen will be jointly used by NO/AIDS Task Force’s Food For Friends program and FUUNO’s congregation to provide meals to those dealing with hunger and nutritional issues in our community.
NO/AIDS Food For Friends program will be using the facility primarily to prepare meals that are delivered to home-bound clients affected by HIV. Food For Friends previously operated a kitchen it the for St. Rose of Lima church building on Columbus Ave, but that site was lost during Hurricane Katrina.
Over the past 8 years, the home delivered meals program operated briefly out of Covenant House and then through a partnership with Palate New Orleans, a local caterer.
“We are so thrilled to have a kitchen again where we can provide nutritionally sound meals to people affected by HIV. The complexities of HIV disease, along with the variety of medication therapies and numerous co-infections that come along with it, it’s important that we are able to have our own kitchen where a chef and nutritionist can ensure that clients have access to not just food, but meals tailored to their nutritional needs,” said Noel Twilbeck, CEO of NO/AIDS Task Force.
Food For Friends and First Unitarian Church both plan to expand services of the kitchen beyond the home delivered meals program in the coming year.
Five AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs) in the region refer eligible HIV positive clients to FFF for pantry and home delivered meal service. The pantry is accessed once a month and home delivered meals are delivered to the client’s home on Tuesday and Thursday every week. For more information on eligibility and accessing either the pantry or home delivered meals you can call 504-821-2601 and ask for case management.
Please call or e-mail Glen Kahrman, Program Manager, for any further information.
Phone: 504-821-2601 ext 254
Food for Friends needs volunteers. If you would like more information about volunteering for Food for Friends (or any of our other programs or events) click here.