Just like that. A group of people sitting in a room trying to figure out what programs to cut because of lack of funds. First on the chopping block - Food.
The drastic cut in area funding resulted in the largest Food program for the HIV/AIDS community here in Tampa Bay to close its doors on February 29, 2012. Food is not ranked as a high priority, but is essential for clients to maintain their health and stay adherent to their HIV medications, which in turn keeps them living longer.
Francis House's pantry was designed as a supplemental program for the clients that participate in services. It is now the only food pantry in the area that specifically serves our HIV/AIDS community. And we can't serve them without you. Our budget is $500 per month. Our distribution is amost $3,000 worth of food and hygiene products each month. Your Global Giving donations have helped us stretch this budget and continue to serve as many people as we can.
But, like all other small non-profits, we need more. I am asking you to buy a meal, to buy another day of a person able to take their medications. To invest in our community and the people that make our community what it is. To invest in a population that still faces the stigma of their disease every day.
I thank all of you that have donated to our project and have already invested in our people.