Founded by Matt Taylor 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 and their families. POHC became a program of LifeCare Alliance 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.
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Serving central Ohio for over 25 years
Services provided to those living with HIV/AIDS
Frozen, nutritionally enriched meals are delivered to clients’ homes when needed.
Dining at Carrie's Cafe
Hot meals and friendly support are served along with educational programs focused on nutritional issues and life skills. Please call 614-437-2854 for a luncheon schedule.
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 lessen 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.
Emergency Meal Assistance
Case managers may make a request for emergency meals for clients in distress. Meals will be delivered within 48 hours to the client’s home or be picked up from office. Meals are to feed the client through a short-term difficult time. We will be unable to support the household through this service. Request must be made through our online referral system here.
LifeCare Alliance is working with Columbus Public Health to support people living with HIV in our community whose employment has been affected by COVID-19.
This partnership will provide fresh and shelf-stable foods, toiletries, and cleaning supplies to hundreds of local families! We could use your help to make this program a success. Here are the items most in need:
- Laundry detergent
- Hand sanitizer
- Antibacterial wipes
- Toilet paper
- Paper towels
- Hand soap
Other current needs:
- Dish soap
- Dental floss
- Feminine products (pads/tampons)
- Diapers- variety of sizes
To donate these items, contact Leah at 614-437-2854 or email@example.com.