Introducing The Food Chain

The Food Chain logoTuesday was World Aids Day and to help mark the occasion, Rowan House‘s Tom Wright introduces us to the work of The Food Chain.

“I am a trustee of a charity called The Food Chain. They provide social, economic and nutrition support to high-need people with HIV. “High-need” being people with significant mental, social or economic problems – or all 3 – in addition to HIV.”

The Food Chain deliver meals and groceries, offers cookery and nutrition classes and communal eating opportunities to people living with HIV in London and their dependants.

People living with HIV often struggle to access the food they need to stay well, because of:

  • ill-health
  • poverty
  • isolation and a lack of motivation to eat well, or
  • limited skills or knowledge.

Each person helped by the charity is referred by a health or social care professional who has identified them in need of nutritional support. They receive a nutrition care plan designed specifically to meet their needs, which in turn helps them to lead healthy, independent lives.

Tom adds:

“The Food Chain is primarily a distributor, as are most businesses in Connect Group and so I’m using the skills from my day-job to support the charity. Further information of the charity can be found here. To help bring it to life, I recommend reading Eduardo’s story.”

Editor’s Note: The Food Chain has also partnered  with The Food Cycle to bring another of its services, a weekly communal meal held in King’s Cross for people living with HIV and their families. The meals are created using surplus food – a fantastic way of utilising something which otherwise would go to waste.

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