Dr. Gary Bergeron, a retired physician, conceptualized the idea of A4L in response to the lack of resources available to a growing population of those living with HIV/AIDS. As a part of his estate planning, Dr. Bergeron established the Red Ribbon Charitable Foundation to provide supplemental funding for local HIV prevention and humanitarian care services. Beginning in late 1996 the Foundation focused its efforts on the start of A4L which was incorporated on November 20, 1996. Meal delivery began in June of 1997 and since that date the number of meals delivered has risen to more than 500,000.
Appetite 4 Life is a non-profit organization whose primary focus is providing meals to individuals living with terminal illness. Over the years our mission has continually expanded to a diverse array of related efforts.
The Summer Food Service Program was established to provide breakfast, lunch and snacks to children throughout Escambia County. The program now produces in excess of 1000 meals per day during the summer months.
Appetite for Life’s mission is to provide nutritious, high quality, meals at no charge to persons infected with or affected by HIV/ AIDS and their dependents, other terminal illnesses, elderly and disabled and who are physician or case manager referred.
A4L receives no regular funding from government sources and as a result operates an extremely small staff relying on volunteers for the majority of its workforce.
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