AAP – Food Samaritans (AAP) is pleased to announce the receipt of a grant from the Hebson Family Foundation that will help underwrite nutritional support for dependent children of eligible clients. The mission of the Foundation is to help improve the lives of children and young adults afflicted with HIV/AIDS or cancer.

Founded in 1991 (as AIDS Assistance Program) with the goal of helping the most at-risk members of the Greater Palm Springs community: low-income people compromised by HIV/AIDS, the organization has expanded its services to include people suffering from cancer, MS, heart or liver disease, and other chronic illnesses.

In support of a long-standing desire to increase outreach and provide services to more people including children, this new grant will provide additional financial support for the program. A portion of the grant funds received will be allocated for outreach. AAP will engage health-related charities, senior centers, social service organizations, and local cities to help spread the word.

AAP – Food Samaritans’ program guidelines state that in addition to eligible adults, food vouchers will be given in the same amount to provide nutritional support for children of clients. The amount of the monthly food vouchers is currently $150. Children must live with a parent enrolled in the program and their eligibility is tied to that of the parent. All benefits allocated to children will end when the child reaches age 18.

AAP Executive Director/C.E.O. Mark Anton said of the outreach: “We are accepting new clients and turning to the community to ask for help in spreading the word to people who earn less than $19,320 per year and live with a chronic debilitating illness such as cancer, MS, HIV/AIDS, or kidney disease. Eligible people receive grocery vouchers of $150 each month, and those with dependent children under 18 may receive additional vouchers in an equal amount. If you know someone in need, of any age, please urge them to contact us to see if they qualify for our nutritional support program.”

For more information about the program please visit aapfoodsamaritans.org or call 760-325-8481.