Chronic Illness Resources / Posted 1 year ago / 542 views
Founded in 1988, Food & Friends began in the basement of the Westminster Presbyterian Church with 20 volunteers enlisted to deliver 15 meals/day serving a total of 1,800 meals to 60 clients. Since our inception, we have moved from the cramped church basement to our own state-of-the-art kitchen and pantry facility and initiated new programs to meet the changing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses in the Washington, DC metropolitan community.
A community where everyone who is seriously ill has the nourishment they need to manage their illness.
Food & Friends is built on a simple premise: anyone can get sick and everyone can help.
To improve the lives and health of people with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses that limit their ability to provide nourishment for themselves by:
Compassion: With hearts open to the needs of all, we believe friendship, empathy and kindness are as much a part of the sustenance we provide as the meals we prepare.
Community: Partnerships and collaborations are vital to our success, both inside and outside the organization, as we build communities that invest in the welfare of others.
Dignity: Through confidentiality, respect, and a commitment to quality of life for all, we recognize the dignity of every client, volunteer, donor, staff member, and guest.
Diversity: The caring, loving, fun and dynamic nature of our organization is made possible by the diversity of the people we serve and those who help us serve.
Excellence: At every level of operation and public engagement – from food planning and preparation to nutrition education and workshops, from volunteer coordination to special events – we are committed to the highest standards of quality and excellence.
Reliability: As safety, trustworthiness and dependability in all aspects of our operations are the cornerstones of our services, our clients, volunteers, staff and guests can rely on us to fulfill our mission without fail every day.
Accountability: At every level of our organization we are accountable to our clients, donors, volunteers, staff and the public – with unwavering integrity of program services and financial standards.
Food & Friends provides meals, groceries and nutrition counseling to people living with life-challenging illnesses. Determination of eligibility is entirely health-based; Food & Friends has no requirements for income or insurance coverage. All meals are free-of-charge to the client. Food & Friends clients must be referred by a healthcare provider.
To be eligible for our services, one must have a qualifying illness or be receiving hospice care, have a compromised nutritional status, and a limited ability to prepare his/her own meals. Qualifying illness include: HIV/AIDS, cancer, poorly-controlled diabetes, stage 5 renal disease, congestive heart failure (NYHA class III or IV), chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder “COPD” (stage III or IV), multiple sclerosis (RRPS, SPMS, PPMS), ALS (middle or late stages), and Parkinson’s (Stage III, IV or V).
If you are not eligible for Food & Friends’ service but need food assistance, please call 1-800-349-8323 (Washington, DC); 240-777-1755 (Montgomery County, MD); or 301-883-6627 (Prince George’s County, MD).
To find out if you or someone you know qualifies, please take the short quiz below.
Eligibility Quiz Link https://foodandfriends.org/refer-a-client/
Food & Friends’ Groceries-to-Go service is available for individuals and families who live outside our freshly-prepared meals delivery area. It is also available for those clients who are able to do light meal preparation, or who have a caregiver to do so. Delivered to clients every other week, Groceries-to-Go includes fresh produce, frozen meats such as fish and poultry, frozen soups and entrees prepared in our kitchen, and pantry items. Dietitians work with each client to review nutrition and food safety as a part of the program. Clients receive a recipe booklet that includes cooking tips and recipes based on the food included in their grocery deliveries.
In addition to packaged groceries, clients receive 4 frozen prepared entrees, 2 frozen prepared soups and a protein pack of frozen fish and poultry. Clients may also receive liquid nutritional supplements as needed.
Monday through Saturday, Food & Friends delivers nutritionally-tailored, delicious meals directly to our clients’ homes. Each delivery includes food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with liquid nutritional supplements, as needed. Our community dietitians and professional chefs work closely to provide individualized services to our clients. Food & Friends offers 11 specialized meal plans to meet our clients’ nutritional needs.
Eat well. Feel better.
At Food & Friends, we consider nutrition to be a vital part of the treatment for our clients. Our community dietitians are available to provide personalized nutrition counseling and meal plans to address each client’s nutritional needs.
In addition, within the community, we provide the following services, all of which are free of charge:
Six days a week, 52 weeks a year, Food & Friends ensures that our clients never miss a meal. Our service area spans 5,346 square miles and includes all of DC, 7 counties in Maryland and 7 counties and 6 independent cities in Virginia. We serve the following regions: