Nutrition Program

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

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 Nutrition Program Sponsorship donations.

If you are interested in sponsoring individuals or families to help them maintain good health, please see the Nutrition Program Sponsorship at the bottom of this page.

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Positive Eating & Living 

On average, individuals living with HIV burn 10% more calories/nutrients than a people who are not HIV positive. With this in mind, we are excited to help people who are HIV positive access the proper nutrients to maintain good health.

If you have HIV, a nutritious diet offers benefits beyond just processing food for energy. For example, many foods help counterbalance side effects of your antiviral medication. 

To learn more about the Food Pantry or about positive eating and living, contact Housing and Support Specialist Alex Niemocienski at aniemocienski@canapi.org.


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Organic Food Pantry

 

eligibility Requirements

  1. HIV+

  2. Receive less than 80% of the median income

  3. Live in either Summit or Portage County

    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 two months of most recent pay stubs for all in household)

  3. Photo ID

OR

  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 Equitas Health or the C.A.R.E. Center).

  2. Photo ID.

 

Dates & Location

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To see our calendar of events, click here

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 questions about the pantry or have accessibility needs please call the office at 330-252-1559.

 

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, organic, newly-acquired foods home.

***If you are a vegetarian or lactose intolerant, be sure to contact CANAPI two days before the next pantry date. We will make sure to provide dairy-free, high protein substitutes for you.***

 

Sign up for our food pantry email list below:

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Nutrition Program Sponsorship

Helping people living with HIV maintain good health and proper nutrition

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.


Donate

"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

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