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California: Ruth Brinker, Who Fed AIDS Patients, Is Dead at 89

August 22, 2011

Ruth Brinker, who founded the San Francisco AIDS agency Project Open Hand, died in the city on Aug. 8. Brinker's effort to coordinate volunteers to prepare meals for one friend with AIDS in 1985 evolved into an organization that now uses $5.6 million in private donations annually and government funds to provide 2,600 meals a day. "My friends thought I was crazy at first, exposing myself to people with this illness," Brinker told the San Francisco Chronicle in 2005. "But I wasn't afraid." In addition to people living with AIDS, POH provides meals and groceries to the elderly and homebound patients with other conditions. Brinker was 89; the cause of death was complications of vascular dementia, her daughter Lisa said. For more information on POH, visit

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Adapted from:
New York Times
08.18.2011; Daniel E. Slotnik

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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