Following their 10th annual conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, the Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF) donated all the food leftover from their Membership Marketplace exhibit hall to local charity, Joshua Tree Feeding Program. “We always make an effort to leave the community better off after we’ve left than when we arrived for our annual conference,” said AHF President Martha Rardin, Director, Nutrition and Dietetics at Hendricks Regional Health. “One of our main priorities is promoting healthy nutrition, and the opportunity to do so in the communities where we hold our conferences helps us to fulfill our mission.”
The goal of Joshua Tree Feeding Program is to provide nourishment to low-income HIV+ residents of Maricopa County, Arizona. They provide balanced meals from their pantry as well as medical and community resources to encourage self-sustainability of clients in a social, supportive and welcoming environment where privacy, cultural, spiritual and religious values are respected.