We need to raise £463,000 to ensure that people living with HIV have access to food and nutrition support, so that they can get well, stay well, and make informed decisions to lead healthy, independent lives.
Our services include emergency food deliveries, HIV nutrition advice tailored to idnividual needs, Eating Together communal meals and Eating Positively nutrition and cookery classes.
Your donation will help us respond to people’s immediate need for food and nutritional support at times of health crisis in their lives. It will also help us provide the practical tools people need to self-manage their condition for the long term.
Thanks to the dedication of our 200 trained volunteers who help us deliver our vital services, a donation to The Food Chain goes a long way:
£10 pays for all the ingredients in two tailored meals.
£40 buys enough groceries for a week for someone who is unable to shop or can’t afford to eat the appropriate food necessary to live well.
£80 pays for a nutritionist to facilitate an Eating Positively class, supporting a dozen people living with HIV to learn how to use nutrition to better manage their condition.
Like half of people diagnosed with HIV in the UK, Edward was diagnosed late, when he was already ill and should have begun anti-retroviral medication.
When he was discharged from hospital we provided him with meals and groceries whilst he regained strength. Now on the correct medication and accessing the right nutrition Edward is able to live independently and now regularly volunteers for The Food Chain.
By teaching people the nutrition knowledge and cookery skills they need to make good nutrition choices we can help them to lead healthy and independent lives.
Santiago had been living with HIV (and Hepatitis C) for more than 25 years when he attended an Eating Postively class. He has facial lipodystrophy (when fat accumulates unevenly) and wanted to learn how to reduce it’s severity. At our Eating Positively classes he learned about healthy eating and how to help the body redistribute fat healthily.
Our volunteers donate their time and skills to plan menus, shop for ingredients, cook meals, place grocery orders, design Food Chain communications and more! This saves The Food Chain a huge amount every year – so more of your donation can go to supporting people living with HIV. However recruiting and supporting over 200 volunteers costs money too!
The Food Chain fundraising costs include the costs of holding events e.g. food, drink and venue hire (all recooped in profit on the night) and two staff members who submit trust applications, report to funders and build relationships with donors. We try to keep our costs as low as possible, using volunteers to support fundraising staff and avoiding ‘flash’ publicity materials!
To run as a charity we need to submit audited report and accounts every year these, and other fees related to ensuring the organisation meets best-practice and charity commission guidelines, make up our governance costs.