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-Nutrition majors help cook and serve food to people living with AIDS in San Luis Obispo.

The AIDS Support Network

-19th Annual Walk for Life, Nov. 6th

Nutrition majors prepare food for people living with AIDS in SLO

It’s not everyday that you hear about people living with HIV and AIDS in an area near you, but the truth is, people are suffering and students at Cal Poly are reaching out and helping.

Cal Poly’s nutrition club stepped in and decided to prepare meals for patients suffering from HIV and AIDS in honor of Make a Difference Day.

Although the event was kept a little under wraps due to the confidentiality of the AIDS patients, it was still a successful event, according to Nutrition major and second year Cal Poly student Jennifer Grise.

Nutritional salads are individually bagged for each patient.

Jennifer is apart of Cal Poly’s nutrition club and heard about volunteering for this event through an e-mail circulated by the club.

Members of the nutrition club cooked Enchiladas, prepared salads, and made Rice Krispie Treats as a dessert. The meals were then individually bagged, so that any person suffering from AIDS in the San Luis Obispo community could stop by and grab a meal.

“Preparing food for those suffering from AIDS in our community was an amazing opportunity,” Grise said.

Though many are unaware of those affected by HIV and AIDS within the San Luis Obispo community, there are still ways to show support and get involved.

Another Nutrition major and second year Cal Poly student who attended the event, Jordan Young said, “Preparing food is a passion of mine, I was able to take my passion and turn it into a way to help others. It’s an awesome feeling.”

Some upcoming events for the San Luis Obispo County AIDS Support Network include the 19th Annual Walk for Life event on November 6. The event is located at Santa Rosa Park and is an opportunity to raise “much-needed dollars for services,” according to the official ASN website.

Funds have been greatly cut within the past year and this event is an opportunity to obtain the money needed to run a successful and thriving program.

Getting involved and preparing nutritional meals for those suffering is just one way that Cal Poly students can get involved.

When asked what advice she would give for students looking to get involved in any kind of volunteer work, Grise said, “Just do what you love and as long as you are helping people it doesn’t matter what it takes, you feel great after.”

Volunteers prepare Enchiladas for HIV and AIDS patients.

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