Nutrition Program

CANAPI's Nutrition Program educates the community at large why proper nutrition is critical for individuals living with HIV and distributes nutrient rich foods to clients receiving less than 80% of the median income in Summit and Portage Counties.

CANAPI's Nutrition Program distinguishes itself by offering fresh, organic and nutrient-rich produce, dairy and meats/proteins to our clients on a bi-weekly basis. We are able to do so through the generosity and support from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Crown Point Ecology Center, and through Nutrition Program Sponsorship donations. If you are interested in sponsoring individuals and their families to help gain control of their health, please see the Nutrition Program Sponsorship at the bottom of this page.

Positive Eating & Living 

Director of Operations Matthew Barlet and previous Programs Assistant Mary Beth Clemons Super heroes of the kitchen!

Director of Operations Matthew Barlet and previous Programs Assistant Mary Beth Clemons Super heroes of the kitchen!

Individuals living with HIV on average burn 10% more calories/nutrients than a person who is not HIV+.  With this in mind, we are excited to help people who are HIV+ have accessibility to the proper nutrients needed to maintain good health.

If you are HIV+ there are many ways to use nutrient rich foods outside of processing food for energy, including choosing foods that will counterbalance your antiviral medication side effects. To learn more about the Food Pantry or about positive eating and living, contact Debra at


Organic Food Pantry



If you are HIV+, receive less than 80% of the median income and live in either Summit or Portage County, you can take part in CANAPI's Organic Food Pantry. Clients are always required to bring a photo I.D.

First time? You must bring the following:

  1. Verification of HIV+ status
  2. Verification of income (benefit letter or 2 months of most recent pay stubs for all in household)
  3. Photo ID


  1. Have a participating agency fax or email your CANAPI Nutritional Program Referral form with attached verification of HIV+ status and income verification (You can seek referral through either ARC or the C.A.R.E. Center).
  2. Photo ID.


Dates & Location

The pantry is located at CANAPI's main office, 759 West Market Street, Akron, Ohio 44303. When you arrive at the main office, be sure to use the front door along the street. If you have any question about the pantry or have accessibility needs please call the office (330-252-1559). 

Upcoming pantry dates:

  • Thursday, February 1st, 2018, from 11AM - 1PM
  • Thursday,  February 15th, 2018, from 11AM - 1PM
  • Thursday,  March 1st, 2018, from 11AM- 1PM
  • Thursday,  March 15th, 2018, from 11AM-1PM
  • Thursday,  March 29th, 2018, from 11AM-1PM
  • Thursday,  April 12th, 2018, from 11AM-1PM


What to Expect

Be prepared to take home a lot of goodies! On average, clients leave with 5-8 pounds of food. We provide plastic grocery bags, but it may be easiest to bring your own sturdy bag(s) to carry your delicious, and organic, newly acquired foods home.

***If you are lactose intolerant or a vegetarian, be sure to contact Debra Briggs directly 2 days before the next pantry date and she will make sure to provide dairy-free, high protein substitutes for you.***

Nutrition Program Sponsorship

become a sponsor

Through housing programs and a bi-weekly food pantry, CANAPI provides fresh and organic produce, dairy and raw meats as well as tips and recipes for preparing healthy meals. With these resources, clients are better able to gain control of their health.

For every $4 donated, you can provide a nutrient-rich meal to a household in need.

"Thank you so much. This is the first time I have ever been here and I was amazed. Your organization is wonderful and I hope it grows and helps prosper those who need your help. Thank you again." 

Pantry Partners