Since May, 278 people with HIV/AIDS have picked out groceries and personal care items. We have distributed a total of 418 boxes of food and our services continue to be a vital need for people living with HIV/AIDS in our community. We estimate over 700 people will be served this year.
As the number of cases of HIV continues to rise, and the morbidity falls, there are more people than ever living with HIV. Kimberly is an example of one client that has been going to Esther’s on and off for years. In the past year she went to Esther’s once a month to help supplement her food stamps and social security income. She noticed more people now access this program and emphasizes she only goes when she absolutely needs it. “Esther’s Pantry really helps me out, I can barely stretch my food stamps a month and this allows me to make meals at home and get stuff like meat which I usually can’t afford. Even though there are other food banks, I go to Esther’s because I feel comfortable there. I run into old friends and people I know. There are always volunteers to lift the boxes of food and help pick things out. I’m grateful it’s around.”
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