Project OpenHand – Columbus

Founded in 1994, Project OpenHand-Columbus (POHC) is dedicated to meeting the nutritional needs of men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS in Central Ohio. POHC became a program of LifeCare Alliance and its extensive array of independent living programs in December 2004.
POHC offers an extensive intervention program that addresses the causes of malnutrition and hunger associated with HIV/AIDS. Medical research has shown that nutritious food is one of the most powerful weapons available for fighting AIDS.

POHC services are offered FREE of charge, though contributions are graciously accepted.

Services provided by POHC staff to those living with HIV/AIDS

One-on-One Nutrition Counseling

A healthy diet is important for everyone in fighting infections and changing the course of the disease. Regular, healthy eating can lesson the harsh side effects of medications, help the body’s immune system fight opportunistic infections, prevent and stop malnutrition.

Nutrition and education counseling help clients take control of their own nutritional well-being.

Groceries-to-Go Food Pantry

Groceries are available for pick-up and/or delivery. Food and personal care items are available, including cereal, milk, cheese, meat, fresh fruits and vegetables, toilet paper, personal hygiene supplies, cleaning supplies, and condoms. The pantry is open on Mondays from 1:00PM-4:00PM, Wednesdays from 9:00AM-12:00PM and 1:30PM-3:45PM, Thursdays from 9:00AM-12:30PM, and Fridays from 10:00AM-1:00PM. Click here for more information on the Groceries-to-Go Pantry!

Home-Delivered Meals

Frozen, nutritionally enriched meals are delivered to clients’ homes when needed.

Congregate Luncheons

Hot meals and friendly support are served along with educational programs focused on nutritional issues and life skills. Please call 614-437-2993 for a luncheon schedule.

Contact us!

Please call Andy Orlando at 614-437-2993 or email for more information about POHC services.