Holidays are a time of family, food and generosity. The “Food for Life Network” ensures that no child or family should go hungry – especially during this time of the year. This network provides and delivers groceries, meals and nutritional education to eliminate malnutrition and starvation in men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS in Miami Dade County.
According to Valjean Brookins, Food Services Supervisor with the Food for Life Network, “Right now we serve 511 clients in Miami-Dade County. We see between 30-99 clients a day. This holiday season, we have gotten 45 new clients. During Thanksgiving, with the help of Publix Supermarket, we gave out 30 turkey baskets. Grocery packages are also provided free of charge for our clients and are generally worth Fifty dollars ($50.00). Each one contains seven days’ worth of food, including meat, breakfast foods, staples, vegetables, fruits, starches such as rice and bread, juice and milk. There is still a great need for volunteers. We haven’t gotten any new volunteers from the South Florida community in couple months. So come and help out”
Home delivered meals and groceries are also available for those who qualify and can no longer travel easily in the Metro Miami Dade area, Groceries and/or Ready-to-eat meals, frozen meals and breakfast items delivered weekly. Clients with dependent children are provided additional food items to allow them to feed their dependent children, ensuring adequate food for the HIV infected parent. Clients with dependent children are provided additional food items to allow them to feed their dependent children, ensuring adequate food for the holidays. Once people with HIV/AIDS become ill they will have special needs. Once people are infected with HIV they have to eat more to meet these extra energy and nutrient needs.
In addition to delivering groceries and meals, Food For Life Network, Inc., along with Care Resource, provides other crucial services to the community, such as free screening for sexually transmitted diseases, free medical and dental care, access to health and nutrition specialists, professional training, assistance programs and referrals. Clients can receive selected items weekly & pantry items monthly at no cost to them. Clients pick up their groceries weekly from our site.