The San Antonio AIDS Foundation (SAAF) is most widely known for their services of HIV prevention and skilled nursing/hospice but there is more to SAAF services. Many are not aware that SAAF (pronounced, safe) offers a Hot Meals Program that offers free meals - breakfast lunch and dinner - 365 days a year to those infected with HIV. Recently SAAFs Hot Meals Program launched an extension called Nourishing SAAF-Chef of the Month Project where each month an area chef offers their time and talents to prepare a special culinary delight to HIV/AIDS clients. The third installment of Nourishing SAAF will take place Tuesday, March 26 at the SAAF offices located at 818 East Grayson Street. The special guest chef is Chef Rene Guerrero of Liberty Bar.
The Nourishing SAAF-Chef of the Month project offers a featured chef the opportunity to prepare one meal (either lunch or dinner) during their designated month. The chef will consult with SAAF’s Dietary Team to develop a menu. The featured chef will use the food and supplies provided by SAAF or may bring in supplemental items to prepare that month’s meal for residents and clients.
SAAF’s Dietary Manager, Theresa Haywood-Castile, explains, “This program is an opportunity for our residents and clients to receive special cuisine they may not normally get to have.” She continues, “The chefs that participate bring their talents to the table to offer our clients either gourmet or meals not on our normal menu. They also teach our kitchen staff tips and presentation styles that can be used here on a regular basis.”
In the month of March, SAAF is welcoming Chef Rene Guerrero of Liberty Bar. The menu will consist of First course, Sopa de Elote (corn, milk, garnished with roasted poblano & queso fresco); Second Course, Cochinita Pibil (Pork or chicken) garnished with pickled onion, served with Mexican white rice, and the meal will finish with dessert, Arroz con Piloncillo (Sweet rice pudding).
SAAF is excited about this new program and how it benefits this HIV community. Executive Director, David Ewell, shares, “Nourishing SAAF is a win-win for everyone. Our clients get a meal they might not otherwise be able to receive or afford; the guest chefs get to give back to the community and also teach our kitchen staff culinary tips, and more people in the community and culinary world learn more about the Hot Meal’s Program we have at SAAF.”
The Hot Meals Program has been a service of SAAF since the late 1980’s and serves over 70, 000 meals a year. Few, if any, meal programs in San Antonio offer the option of three meals a day.
For more information about SAAF’s Hot Meal’s Program or Nourishing SAAF-Chef of the Month Project may call SAAF’s dietary department at (210) 225-4715 or visit www.txsaaf.org.
About SAAF’s Hot Meal Program
The San Antonio AIDS Foundation (SAAF) has provided a free hot meal program since 1986 for anyone who is HIV positive. In order to receive meals, one need not be a client of SAAF. However, those who are HIV positive and wishing to receive free hot meals need a referral from their primary case manager or to provide the necessary paperwork to receive a SAAF meal card. The San Antonio AIDS Foundation provides 3 free hot nutritious meals a day, 365 days a year. Special holiday meals are prepared and served for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
The San Antonio AIDS Foundation (SAAF) has a dual mission — to provide compassionate medical care and social services to people with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), and to help prevent the spread of HIV through education and testing.