Food Pantry

No one should face the difficult battle against HIV disease on an empty stomach. Everyone should have fresh, nutritious food to gain the strength they need to overcome HIV and gain a healthy life. 

Unfortunately, poor nutrition is a problem that is common among HIV patients. It can result in weight loss, a weaker immune system, less success with HIV medications and a worsening of HIV disease. 

A nutritious diet of healthy foods can avoid these problems and contribute to your good health. A healthy diet helps your body process HIV medications more easily, makes your immune system stronger, improves your oral health and increases your opportunity for HIV treatment success. 

ARCW believes that healthy food and good nutrition are a vital part of HIV treatment.  That is why we have created the largest statewide network of HIV dedicated food pantries in the country.  Every year the ARCW Food Pantry is ranked among the very best in Wisconsin for the wide variety of healthy foods we offer and the dignity and respect with which we serve HIV patients.

A professional nutritionist provides the ARCW Food Pantry with advice on the best foods for HIV patients.  With this advice we stock our food pantry with foods that are fresh, nutritious and high in protein and vitamin content.  Foods commonly available at the ARCW Food Pantry include:

  • Chicken, turkey, beef and other meats
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Fresh fruit
  • Fresh breads and rolls
  • Milk and cheese
  • Sports water to prevent dehydration
  • Canned vegetables, beans, soups, meats and fruit
  • Boxed cereals, pasta, rice and potatoes
  • Frozen pizza and dinners
  • Cookies, pies, ice cream and other desserts
  • Nutritional supplements

Every year the ARCW Food Pantry provides more than 400 tons of nutritious food to HIV patients throughout Wisconsin.  For those unable to travel to the pantry our volunteers are pleased to deliver grocery bags of food directly to their homes.

During the holiday season the ARCW Food Pantry becomes a very special place.  A beautiful holiday food basket is prepared for every food pantry patron that includes a turkey or ham, potatoes, vegetables, cranberry sauce, bread and a pie. It provides patients who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience a wonderful holiday meal with all the fixings needed for a scrumptious dinner.

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"I wanted the best health care, even though I don’t have private insurance,” James said. “I thought I had to drive a long way to get it.”

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