Esther's Pantry minimizes the stigma that many HIV+ people feel when they are out in the community. Here, they are not judged, but often form friendships with others who share the same issues. There are 4000 people living with HIV in the Portland metro area, and many of those are below the poverty level and have ongoing need for our services.
Since May, 431 clients came through Esther’s; 62 of those were new clients (15% of total); 1033 food boxes distributed. We expect over 700 clients will be served over the 12 month period.
Esther's Pantry gets the majority of funding through individual grants and donations as well as donations of non-perishable food and personal items. As the days get colder, it becomes increasingly important that our clients have enough to eat. Especially as World AIDS Day approaches, we need to recognize that HIV has not gone away, and is still increasing at a rate of one new infection every 9 1/2 minutes.
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