HIV Food Bank (HFB)
The HIV Food bank is part of the Ministry of Health & Wellness HIV/STI Programme. Food security is a part of health. Poor and insufficient nutrition can impair the function of the immune system thereby impacting heavily on the overall health of the PLHIV and increase their susceptibility to death. The main role of the HFB is to address malnutrition secondary to food insecurity. HIV disease may result in nutrition-related complications such as nausea, diarrhea, fatigue and difficulty chewing or swallowing which leads to inadequate nutrient intake and absorption resulting in malnutrition, weight loss, and fragility and weakness.
- Provide food support and medical nutrition therapy services to PLHIV
- Acquire and distribute food towards supplementing the food needs of low-income PLHIV.
- Advocating for the rights of access to healthy foods for low income PLHIV
- Engaging the public about food insecurity among PLHIV, the benefits of nutrition support in the management of HIV and the role of the HIV Food Bank.
- Increase food security among PLHIV who are experiencing such
- Improve nutritional status among all PLHIV
- Added component to support the overall treatment and management of HIV
OUR EFFORTS AT A GLANCE:
- Number of Clients Registered with the HFB - 429 clients
- Number of Clients who visits the HFB on a monthly basis for food assistance 276
- Number of Active volunteers 4
HOURS OF OPERATION Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4: 30 p.m. We also provide services on weekends and after hours with advance request.