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Meals and Nutrition

Nutrition

A critical aspect of staying healthy for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) is eating well.  Many people find it challenging to eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein all the time. And not getting enough of these foods can cause nutrition deficiencies, muscle loss, and weight loss, all of which can negatively affect the immune system. Our team has created a dynamic nutrition education program which includes monthly group nutrition education classes and workshops.

They cover a wide array of HIV/AIDS-related topics, such as food and water safety, HIV and exercise, women’s health and HIV/AIDS and eating healthy on a budget. 

We are dedicated to providing nutrition services to the HIV-positive community because we feel we can give you the tools and motivation to take better care of yourself overall and enhance your quality of life.

 

We also provide nutritious foods through The Keith Haring Food Pantry Program. The Pantry is a coordinated food assistance and nutrition education program that aims to improve the health and well-being of HIV-positive individuals and their dependent children. The Pantry provides shelf-stable, mostly ready-to-eat-foods to individuals in need of immediate or emergency food assistance. Pantry bags are available to anyone experiencing food insecurity and in need, on a limited basis.

 

In addition to these services, our congregate meals program provides hot meals to a diverse group of HIV-positive men and women in a warm, friendly atmosphere where you can nourish your body and soul with nutritious meals and social interaction. Lunch is served Monday through Thursday and dinner on Friday evening. We offer a choice of a meat, vegetarian, or fish entrée, whole grain bread, salad, soup, cooked vegetables, a starch, and fresh fruit.

We strive to create a healthy environment for our clients by adhering to food and water safety guidelines for HIV-positive individuals. Our chef works closely with our registered dietitians to ensure that the food supports the health of people living with HIV/AIDS. We empower our participants with nutritional knowledge by serving them healthy food with the hope that they will make healthier food choices outside GMHC.

For this week's menu, click here.

For information about GMHC's Keith Haring Food Pantry Program, click here.

For more information, please call 212.367.1263.

You can also visit the CDC and DOH websites for more information on HIV/AIDS.

 

 

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