Since 1989 Mazzoni Center has operated a food bank for individuals living with HIV and dependent members of their households. Our food bank, known as Vivian’s Cupboard, aims to help clients maintain optimal health and improve the efficacy of HIV treatment regimens by providing them with a consistent, nutritious supply of food.
Operated out of our 21 S. 12th Street offices, the food bank allows low-income, HIV-positive Philadelphians to select packaged food items in a pantry-style setting.
Any HIV-positive individual and dependent members of their household living in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties is eligible to access our emergency food bank with a referral from their HIV case manager or medical provider. Clients must also be Ryan White certified.
Referred individuals may access the food bank two times per month and receive the equivalent of four meals for each member of their household at each visit. Clients are provided with additional resources such as information on other local/neighborhood food cupboards and information on accessing SNAP (food stamps).
Our food bank is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30 AM-4:30 PM, and is closed on Tuesdays for food delivery and restocking of shelves. The Bank closes from 12:45 to 1:30 on days that it’s open so that the food bank coordinator can take a lunch break. It is located at 21 S. 12th Street, 8th floor.
Vivian’s Cupboard is named in loving memory of Vivian Cooperman, a much admired former employee who passed away in 2003.