AFH Stone Soup pantry is operating under a modified operations plan until further notice in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are in need of food assistance and resources, please call 713-623-6796, 346-219-8748, 832-287-2563, or 311.

Existing AFH Clients: Please contact your case manager/service provider to receive the requested assistance and/or referrals)

The Stone Soup pantry provides food assistance to HIV-positive individuals and their families. The pantry is located at the AFH offices at 6260 Westpark Dr., Suite 100, Houston, TX 77057. It is currently open to provide food assistance to clients Monday-Friday from 10 AM-4 PM. Stone Soup is a designated distribution point for the Houston Food Bank.

NOTE: A valid photo ID is required to obtain food from Stone Soup.

Produce photo courtesy of Chris Hilbert

Special nutritional needs of those living with HIV/AIDS

HIV can alter the body’s metabolism, as well as its ability to absorb nutrients. In order for the body to effectively fight the disease, it requires more calories. According to the World Food Programme, an HIV-positive adult can require up to 30% more calories than the average adult and an HIV-positive child can require anywhere from 50-100% more calories when compared to HIV-negative children. Many of the anti-retroviral medications required to manage the disease should be taken with food and can cause severe illness when taken on an empty stomach. A lack of access to adequate food can often result in an HIV-positive person not adhering to their medication regimen to avoid illness.

Stone Soup meets the immediate needs for nutritious food, while improving the health outcomes for persons living with HIV. Stone Soup is the only food assistance program designed to meet the needs of HIV positive clients in the Houston area.  It is a donation based, volunteer driven program.

Make a monetary donation to Stone Soup today!

Questions? Please contact:

    Charleston Stoker, Director, Housing & Supportive Services
    [email protected]
    713-623-6796 x260

Thank you to the following Stone Soup sponsors: