World AIDS Day 2012
Saturday 1 December marks the 25th annual World AIDS Day.
Just weeks after the first World AIDS Day was marked, a group of loving friends delivered Christmas meals to people living with HIV in London and The Food Chain was born.
As mentioned in the Prime Minister's World AIDS Day speech, Christmas Day marks the 25th anniversary of our first meal delivery, so to celebrate this landmark we will be delivering a Christmas meal to service users on Tuesday 25 December.
Today, 90% of people respond well to treatment but medication is only effective when coupled with good nutrition. When ill-health, poverty, isolation or a lack of nutrition knowledge or cookery skills stop someone from accessing the food they need to stay well, The Food Chain are there.
This has been a remarkable year for The Food Chain. In October, we opened a new kitchen at our office at Acorn House in King’s Cross, and have begun to deliver Sunday meal services and Eating Positively tailored cookery and nutrition classes from the venue.
In 2012, The Food Chain:
• sent 2,932 grocery hampers costing £159,929 to 279 people living with HIV and 290 dependants;
• volunteers helped to prepare and deliver 13,240 meals to 93 service users and 44 dependants;
• brought 27 isolated people living with HIV together on a regular basis to share a meal; and
• provided tailored cookery classes to 312 people living with HIV.
Volunteers continue to be the lifeblood of our organisation, carrying out the vital functions of planning menus, shopping for ingredients, and lovingly preparing and delivering hot meals.
Case handlers, with specific dietetic experience, volunteer to ensure that service users receive tailored nutrition advice, recipe ideas and the food which will best suit their needs.