The Poverello Center, Inc., was originally founded in 1987 by Father Bill Collins (1931-2017) and his amazing group of volunteers. The goal was to feed people who at the time, were dying in large numbers from complications from AIDS. The crisis was so devastating that he began to keep a “book of names” so that we would not forget how many died and their names. Today, Poverello continues helping people “eat well” with HIV as a chronic condition, but also provides food as medicine to people with Cardiac and Kidney problems as well as those with glycemic disorders, Cancer or other Critical/Chronic illnesses. Each year more than 3300 families needing support come to the Poverello Center, Inc. to select medically appropriate grocery items from our specialized menus.
As one of the only consumer choice, medically tailored grocery pantry’s in the country, Poverello also makes available without charge, medical nutrition therapy, wellness services and linkage into care services for people who have fallen out of primary medical care.
At our Live Well Center, Any person with HIV in the community may access our full service gym, chiropractic services, acupuncture or massage free of charge. The idea is to provide a safe, accepting place for people to receive support and health services. Persons in the community who have clothing or household item needs and receive services from us are provided for from items donated by the community to our thrift store.