Imagine, for a moment, you were HIV positive or had breast cancer. What would you do first? Who would you tell? Where would you turn for help?
Now try to imagine how you would cope if you were also on disability, supporting children or a partner, suffering the ravages of chemotherapy or a harsh drug cocktail therapy, and unable to earn a paycheck. And maybe you are completely on your own with no one to help you out on those inevitable difficult days. Nobody should have to deal with all of that alone.
People with AIDS and other life-challenging conditions often are caught in a vicious cycle of poor appetite and physical weakness that prevents them from providing adequate meals for themselves.
Low income, in combination with high healthcare costs, limit the ability of those with severe illness to afford nutritious food. Their illness may place limits on physical activity, make it impossible to hold a job, or may expose them to social stigma and isolation from their community, family, and friends.
Severe malnutrition can be a life-threatening condition, can lead to ‘wasting syndrome,’ and is a frequent cause of hospitalization for People Living With HIV/AIDS.
That’s why Moveable Feast is here – to be a support system for people who are sick and need our help. Moveable Feast provides medically nutritious meals and other services at no cost to our neighbors in need.