Appetite 4 Life is a non-profit organization focused on providing meals and nutrition services to people living with terminal illness, HIV/AIDS, the aged and disable and children. We accomplish this through programs such as Home Delivered Meals, Food Pantry, Nutritional Supplements and the Summer Food Service Program. Currently A4L is the only provider of fresh meals delivered to the front door of this diverse population group.
A4L receives no government funding and relies on the commitment of those in our community and earned income through catering. The goal of the A4L is to continue to make a difference in the lives of those who so desperately need the services they provide to the community.
Home Delivered Meals
A4L clients receive two meals a day, 365 days a year. All meals are prepared using guidelines specifically designed to accommodate people living with a compromised immune system. Meals are freshly prepared in our kitchen by our culinary staff; clients are not receiving frozen meals. All clients receive balanced meals with fresh/healthy options including fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grain bread items.
Meals are delivered to the clients’ home on a regular schedule based on their delivery area. All A4L drivers are volunteers and adhere to the strictest confidentiality standards. Our client services staff will work with each client to accommodate most dietary restrictions or preferences.
The Food Pantry Program was started in 2006 to address the needs of the homeless people living with HIV/AIDS. Clients visit the pantry twice a month to obtain nutritional food; each receives 25lbs of food with an average value of $45.00 per visit. Currently the food pantry is open each Tuesday and Thursday. Potential clients should consult their case manager for a referral The Pantry is staffed completely by volunteers.
It is an objective of A4L to allow the client to come bi-weekly to choose 7 of 12 frozen nutritious meals thus guaranteeing a proper diet. This additional service will allow client participation in menu selection, as the client can choose from a variety of offerings. It is hoped that this exercise of choice will help build self-esteem. Clients are also offered a variety of fresh bread and bakery products as well as fresh produce when available.
The Summer Food Service Program is designed to provide a source for a balanced nutritious diet even during the summer. Appetite 4 Life as a sponsor of this program works with various community centers, recreation programs, and area churches to open their doors and offer meals to any child who needs them at no cost.
A4L currently provides on average 1,000 meals per day during the 3 summer months.
Fricker Community Center
Cobb Community Center
The Salvation Army
Englewood Missionary Baptist Church
If your church or summer based program is interested in operating a meal service site contact our offices at 850.470.9111. All requests to become a site must be submitted no later than April 1 to be included in the upcoming summer program.
The best solution to the HIV/AIDS situation is still prevention including regular testing for all individuals at risk. With the growing infection rate in Escambia County Florida A4L decided to open a testing site in 2010. All tests are offered free to the public.
Tests are offered Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. If you cannot make it in for testing during those hours call our offices to schedule an after-hours appointment with our HIV Prevention Counselor.
All meal plans include meals that are reviewed by a dietician and offer a balanced diet. Healthy Solutions customers can choose the number of meals they wish to have delivered. We offer lunch and dinner 7 days per week. All meals are freshly prepared in our local kitchen using fresh ingredients by our culinary staff.
Many of our clients are living at or below the poverty line making it difficult to provide the basic necessities for daily survival leaving little left over for things like entertainment. Through generous donations from the community Appetite 4 Life maintains a library of books, tapes, DVD’s and other entertainment materials for loan to our clients. These items are either delivered to our clients through our volunteer drivers or checked out during a food pantry visit.
When living with a terminal illness such as HIV/AIDS, each year is a Celebration of Life. Appetite 4 Life helps our clients recognize their birthdays by providing each client with a birthday cake as well as a small gift during this time of celebration.
A4L with the help of the Pensacola News Journal provides each client a newspaper with their meal deliveries.
With most of our clients in need of financial and nutritional assistance we recognize that many clients might need a little extra help. A4L accepts donations of clothing and other small items for distribution to clients through our Food Pantry Program.