Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation Awards Grant to Nashville CARES

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation Awards Grant to Nashville CARES

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) awarded Nashville CARES a $10,000 grant to be used for food and nutrition services for HIV+ clients. Nashville CARES has the only local food pantry designed to meet the needs of people living with HIV, and provided more than 100,000 meals last year.


Food and nutrition services improve the quality of life for people living with HIV by providing balanced meals, improving their ability to manage unique dietary needs and reducing the financial strain of securing sufficient food to meet nutritional needs. Clients who receive effective food and nutrition services are less likely to miss medical appointments, have fewer hospitalizations and emergency room visits and are more likely to receive and comply with anti-retroviral treatment.


“We greatly appreciate the support of the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in helping Nashville CARES provide effective food and nutrition services to our clients,” said Joseph Interrante, Nashville CARES CEO. “Food is medicine for people living with HIV, and access to these services is critical in preventing the spread of HIV.”


ETAF funding will support the Nashville CARES Care-a-Van Cruise and Food Pantry programs, which provide clients with home delivered meals, canned and packaged foods and other nutritional resources. Clients enrolled in Care-a-Van Cruise receive a package a five frozen meals tailored to their physical condition and dietary needs. The Food Pantry provides low-income clients with monthly food bags containing ingredients for 15 meals.


Since its inception, ETAF has provided over $14,000,000 in funding to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and to provide direct care and assistance to those affected by the disease. With a focus on direct care and prevention education, ETAF funds AIDS organizations throughout the world. For more information,


About Nashville CARES


Nashville CARES offers services annually to more than 57,000 Middle Tennesseans infected and affected by HIV/AIDS including: HIV prevention education to over 38,000 youth and adults, 17,000 FREE confidential HIV tests, and support services to 2,800 men, women and children living with the disease. For information about Nashville CARES, visit and “like” us on Facebook at