Monday, November 18th 2019

8:00 AM

“About one in six people in the United States struggles with hunger, and issues related to hunger affect people in every community.”

American Public Health Association

Imagine someone living with a potentially life-threatening illness, like HIV and/or Hepatitis C. Even when there are assistance programs to help off-set the cost of direct medical care or mental health counseling care and prescription medication, such individuals still face the realities of poverty or short term financial challenges that prevent them from eating healthy. Nutrition is critical to treating the entire person and helps combat the needs medication cannot.

“If you’re HIV-positive, nutrition and HIV is a subject you’ll want to pay special attention to. That’s because your body will undergo changes, both from medications and the disease itself. For example, you may experience extreme weight loss, infections, or diarrhea. Another common change is lipodystrophy (fat distribution syndrome) which can cause body shape changes and increases in cholesterol levels. Making improvements in your diet can improve your health and how well you feel.”

MAO Dothan 2019 Food Drive Flyer

Consider helping MAO’s clients in the Wiregrass Region now and throughout the year with donations of non-perishable food items. MAO’s Food Pantry relies on your donations to respond quickly and with consideration to individual health factors. Canned and boxes dry soups, canned vegetables and meat products, and other non-perishable food items will bring smiles to clients of MAO. Low sodium and low sugar items options are particularly welcome as well as specialty items such as whole grain breakfast bars.

Most donations welcome; however, if you have questions about what we “can” and “cannot” accept, or would like to consider helping the MAO Food Pantry Assistance Program in a larger way, contact Stephanie at (334) 673-0494, ext. 3013, or e-mail

All donations to the MAO Dothan Food Drive can be delivered to:

Medical Advocacy & Outreach (MAO)
1865 Honeysuckle Road, Suite 2, Dothan, Alabama

Monday through Wednesday, 8:30 AM – 4 PM
Thursdays, 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Fridays, 8:30 AM – Noon

Efforts made at this time of year also serve to raise awareness about why World AIDS Day, December 1st, matters. How far have we come? What have we learned? What needs were not addressed for those lost to HIV and AIDS over the last 30 years? The United Nations selected “Community by Community” as the 2019 World AIDS Day theme. Consider how people can help people and communities can help communities. The time is now!