Open Hand Atlanta wins grant from Liz Taylor foundation

Open Hand Atlanta, the Atlanta-based organization that prepares and delivers 5,000 meals a day in 19 metro area counties, has received a $15,000 grant from The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF).

The funds will be used for to prepare and deliver medically-appropriate meals and nutrition education for persons living with HIV/AIDS in the metro Atlanta area.

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Barbara Antley, a longtime volunteer for Open Hand has been delivering meals for 18 years to many clients with HIV/AIDS, and others facing chronic illness. Photo courtesy of Open Hand Atlanta.

The goal is to allow them to continue living independently or with their families in their own homes.

“Today, Open Hand provides health-promoting meals, market baskets, and nutrition supplements to over 1,000 individuals living with HIV/AIDS and our registered dietitians regularly provide medical nutrition therapy in five infectious disease clinics throughout the city,” said Matthew Pieper, Executive Director of Open Hand Atlanta in a statement. “These services would not be possible without champions in the community like The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.”

LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 1: Actress Dame Elizabeth Taylor arrives to perform in A.R. Gurney's "Love Letters", with James Earl Jones, to benefit The Elizabeth Taylor HIV/AIDS Foundation at the Paramount Studios Theater on December 1, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – DECEMBER 1: Actress Dame Elizabeth Taylor arrives to perform in A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters”, with James Earl Jones, to benefit The Elizabeth Taylor HIV/AIDS Foundation at the Paramount Studios Theater on December 1, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, founded in 1991, has granted funding to over 675 organizations in 44 countries across the globe that deliver care and services to people living with HIV and AIDS. The organization also provides funding for HIV prevention education and advocacy programs around the world.

Open Hand Atlanta is a community-based nutrition program that was founded in 1988. More than 8,000 volunteers annually help prepare, package and deliver more than 5,000 meals each day throughout the metro area.

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