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The Spread of Aid; With Fewer People Debilitated by AIDS, Food Service Reaches Out to Others Who Are Sick and Needy
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The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.
Author: John-Manuel Andriote
Date: May 23, 2000
Start Page: Z.15
Section: HEALTH TAB

At 4:15 on Friday afternoon the week before last Thanksgiving, Karen Jones called Food & Friends in a panic. A man who was dying of colon cancer and living alone in one of Washington's run-down neighborhoods had no food in the house. He could open canned goods but could not cook. Jones wondered whether Food & Friends, a nonprofit organization that delivers meals to homebound people with AIDS, could supply the man with food for the weekend.

By 6 o'clock, Food & Friends delivered food to the man, no questions asked. The gesture illustrates a growing trend: As new, more effective medications to treat HIV have come into use, fewer people living with the virus are debilitated by AIDS and in need of the services of groups like Food & Friends.

The result was "Special Delivery," a one-year pilot program that Food & Friends launched on Valentine's Day. In the new program, Food & Friends delivers the same cost-free meals and groceries to people with life-threatening illnesses in the Washington area. Besides the Washington Home, the other "community partners" referring clients to Special Delivery include the Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown University Medical Center, the Mautner Project for Lesbians with Cancer, Hospice of Northern Virginia and the Montgomery Hospice.

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