The AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo is expanding their partnership with the Waterloo Region Food Bank to include a full-time Emergency Food Pantry.
But they are in need of community support to do it.
The ACCKWA has been assisting those living with and impacted by AIDS since 1987. A pillar of their support has been their work with the food bank. Through their joint efforts, they've been able to access Emergency Food Hampers from House of Friendship for their participants.
With the increased cost of food and living, the organization says they are seeing a strain when it comes to food security. Given the complex nature of diagnosis and support, many are forced to make a decision between medication, rent or food.
Proper nutrition is instrumental is ensuring medications work as intended, the ACCKWA says.
The pantry, which will be located at the ACCKWA office, will provide participants with a singular location to access healthy, nutrient dense foods that are critical to their health and treatment.
In order to properly store the food the ACCKWA is in need of a fridge and freezer, and they are hoping for community support to help raise the necessary funds. They’ve set up a GoFundMe with a goal of raising $5,000 to purchase the equipment for the program.
Those interested in donating can visit gofundme.com.