California: Everyday Heroes -- Long Beach Gay-Friendly Church Makes Sure HIV/AIDS Patients Can Eat
December 18, 2012
The AIDS Food Store at Christ Chapel of Long Beach, Calif., has operated a free weekly or bimonthly food distribution program for 27 years to help persons with HIV/AIDS. Participants do not have to be church members to receive help. The store started in 1985 at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. Members at Christ Chapel befriended and assisted persons with HIV/AIDS at a time when they were being shunned and ostracized by churches and the general public. Neighbors in the area even protested against the food store, but the church stood its ground.
Press-Telegram (Long Beach)
12.16.2012; Phillip Zonkel
This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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