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San Antonio AIDS Foundation receives $10,000 grant from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Mar 10, 2016 Share

Funds will Help Support Hot Meal Program for People Living with HIV/AIDS

SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio AIDS Foundation (SAAF) – the oldest and largest HIV/AIDS service organization in Bexar County – has received a $10,000 grant from New York-based Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.  The funds will be targeted to the agency’s Hot Meal Program in 2016.

"We are honored to receive such a generous gift from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS," said SAAF CEO Cynthia Nelson.  "This award will allow us to provide about 1,570 hot meals in our dining room to HIV-positive people in the San Antonio area."

Nelson said the foundation served 43,345 hot meals last year.  “That’s three hot meals a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year,” she said.  The Hot Meals Program provides nutritious meals, free of charge, to people living with HIV/AIDS in the San Antonio community, as well as to residents of the San Antonio AIDS Foundation.

In the letter describing the $10,000 donation, Tom Viola, executive director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and Brian O’Donnell, manager of the organization’s national grants program, wrote, “There is no more important part of our grant-making mission than ensuring that a person who is sick has a decent meal.  Certainly for people living with HIV/AIDS, good, nutritious food is an essential component if lifesaving medical regimens are to have a lasting impact.”

Since 1986, the San Antonio AIDS Foundation has provided free hot meals for anyone who is HIV positive. All menus are created and supervised by a registered dietitian and include foods that meet the particular dietary needs of persons with HIV/AIDS. Meals are provided in SAAF’s dining room at the foundation’s main headquarters at 818 E. Grayson St. Mealtimes are as follows: breakfast, 8:45-9:30 a.m., lunch 12:15-1 p.m., dinner 5:15-6 p.m.

All that an HIV-positive patient needs to receive a hot meal is a referral from a primary case manager. To learn more, contact SAAF at 210-225-4715.