In October of 1988, when Food Outreach was founded, resources were scarce for low-income people living with HIV/AIDS. Having seen the effects of the disease on the health of seven close friends, the organization’s founders made a promise to help them find comfort. Proper nutrition, as they found, was key to maintaining a strong immune system, managing symptoms and complications, and counteracting changes that the body often experiences such as extreme weight loss, infections, diarrhea, lipodystrophy, and more. By providing the right balanced diet, nutrition counseling, and other resources, Food Outreach could improve the quality of life for not only our founders’ friends, but others in the community living with HIV/AIDS. In 2006, we expanded that mission to include help for those diagnosed with cancer. We now serve more than 2,000 people each year.