Project Open Hand believes that a program of good nutrition can help an individual stay stronger and lead a healthier life. Medical research has shown that nutritious food is one of the most powerful weapons available for fighting the effects of HIV/AIDS. Furthermore, it has been clinically confirmed that malnutrition is the cause of death for many of the people who succumb to the disease. Although advances in protease inhibitors and other medications can slow the progress of the disease, they only increase the importance of good nutrition. Proper nutrition is critical in the absorption of certain medications by the body, and through diet, one can reduce many of the debilitating side effects caused by these medications. At Project Open Hand, our goal is to feed the body, mind and soul, through healthy meals, groceries and nutrition information, all delivered with love, by our dedicated staff and volunteers.
San Francisco residents
Please call the Client Services Hotline at (800) 551-6325 or 415-447-2326 to schedule an intake appointment with a case worker. You must bring with you a valid California photo identification with a San Francisco address (or other proof of San Francisco residency) and the eligibility form provided below, signed by your physician. Your intake appointment will be at our San Francisco location.
Alameda County residents
Please call Client Services at (510) 622-0221 to schedule an intake appointment with a case worker. You must bring with you a valid California photo identification and the eligibility form provided below, signed by your physician. Your intake appointment will be at our Oakland location.
Eligibility Form/Certification for Services
Please print this form and have your doctor fill it out. Bring it with you when you come to Project Open Hand for intake.
If a client is unable, due to health reasons, to come to Project Open Hand, a home visit can be arranged by calling (800) 551-MEAL (6325) between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM Monday through Friday.