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August 30, 2011

There's Always Room at Our Table for One More

By: Craig Shniderman

You can probably imagine how hard it is to do “little things,” like cook a meal or go to the grocery store, when undergoing treatment for HIV/AIDS, cancer or any other life-challenging illness.  Then imagine having no one in your life who can help you and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what our clients cope with every day.

Here at Food & Friends, we work hard every day to provide the safety net needed to ensure that our neighbors in need are cared for at the most difficult time of their lives.  How do we do it?  With the help of more than 11,000 volunteers and nearly 100,000 donors. When I became Executive Director in 1995, I was amazed at the 700 people who gave of their time and energy.  To think we have 16 times the volunteers in just over 16 years is astonishing.  We can never thank them enough.

We have a great story to tell about the people who need our services and those who step forward — staff, volunteers, and donors — to be sure they have nutritious food as they fight their illness.  We’ve launched our new website to help us tell that story more effectively to more people, and we’ll be telling our story on this site, on Facebook and Twitter, and through this blog.  We look forward to your feedback, comments and observations.

I hope you’ll take a moment now to sign up for our free email updates and even peruse the Get Involved section of this site.  It is because of interested and interesting people such as you that Food & Friends will remain a force in the fight against HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses.  And, with your support, Food & Friends will be able to make room at our table for one more.

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