The Tampa Bay area is facing a 30% reduction in funding. Specifically, food is on the chopping block!
Francis House maintains one of the only food programs specifically designed to serve the HIV community. The only other program is facing this 30% reduction in funding. Once that happens, Francis House will try and pick up the clients that may fall through the gap.
As it is, we distribute nearly $2,500 each and every month and recently distributed $3,200 in one month....this is the increase before the increase!
We need your support to continue serving our HIV community. No one should worry where their next meal is coming from!
First off I want to sincerely thank all of you who have donated to Francis House's food pantry project! Your support helps us provide over 600 meals each and every month!
Francis House continues to see an increase in need for food. Recently, we were made aware that due to government funding cuts for HIV services, our county is about to see a 30% decrease in food pantry funding for the remainder of this program year and the ENTIRE food pantry budget is in jeopardy of going away for fiscal year 2012. Although these cuts don't directly affect our food pantry budget, the residual effect that this will have will be overwhelming.
Already, at least 100 individuals utilize our pantry on a monthly basis. With another food pantry in the county closing, more HIV positive individuals will have to rely on Francis House to help supplement their food budget. Since the beginning of 2011, Francis House has distributed over 52,543 pounds of food. We expect that the need for food will outweigh what Francis House can provide on a weekly basis.
We continue to need your help. We continue to need the resources to feed those who rely on good nutrition to help keep healthy immune systems. Help us help those in need.
We still need your help! Donations coming into our project have been slow. The economic crisis, while getting better, is having a major impact on our ability to raise funds for this project.
There is lots of competition out there from very worthwhile causes. The impact of food on one's health and nutrition is so important. Especially for those fighting HIV/AIDS. Many of our clients wonder where their next meal will be coming from. We are often the ONLY source of food that they have. We provide over 500 meals each month and over $2,500 worth of groceries each week! This food enables them to maintain their strength and energy to continue to fight this devastating illness.
Ever wonder where your next meal will come from?
We made it! We did it! We got to the benchmark or 50 different donors and $4,000. It was hard, much harder than I expected. As I watched the leader boards of other projects I often wondered if we were out of our league. Francis House is a small non-profit that deals with HIV/AIDS. In our experiences, HIV/AIDS still has that stigma attached that sometimes make people afraid to give.... sad, but often true.
Facebook was primarily our focus of getting the word out there. Personally, I have over 500 friends and our agency another 300. I figured it would be easy... I just need all of them to give $5.00. Less than a pack of cigarettes. While I did have people donate, often more than the $5.00, I found that the people that gave have better relationships with me and probably gave because I asked and not for the cause itself. Maybe they got tired of seeing my daily facebook posts!
Since we hit our goal, we have had even a more difficult time. We have a link on our website, the link was mass emailed to over 5,000 members of the National Association of Social Workers and we have only received one additional donation.
We have an interview coming up with a local Tampa newspaper and will no doubt continue to talk about the need for nutritional food for our HIV/AIDS community. Francis House is most of ten the only source of food for some of our clients. The state of our economy does not help! If you have a desire to help, please clink on our link and continue to help us reach our goal!
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