Chase Brexton Health Care
The 2019 Baltimore AIDS Walk & Run is less than two months away, and organizations and community partners across Baltimore are joining with Chase Brexton Health Care to take steps against HIV/AIDS and bring the rates of new infections to zero!
We checked in with Christian Metzger, executive director of Moveable Feast, a longtime partner of Chase Brexton Health Care, to find out what his organization’s team is doing to support this year’s AIDS Walk & Music Festival.
For those who might not know, could you briefly describe Moveable Feast’s mission in the community?
Our mission is to provide nutritious foods and other services in order to preserve quality of life for people with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-threatening conditions. In addition to our home-delivered meals, our other services include: medical nutrition therapy, medical transportation for our HIV/AIDS clients living in Baltimore City, and a culinary arts training program. Everything we do here at Moveable Feast is free to our clients and students! Last year we served over 740,000 meals to more than 6,000 clients throughout Maryland. Our service area includes Baltimore City, the five surrounding counties, and Maryland’s entire Eastern Shore.
Why is Moveable Feast a community partner for the 2019 Baltimore AIDS Walk?
Moveable Feast has had a longstanding partnership with Chase Brexton – we are both committed to supporting a community that is oftentimes forgotten. We feel that our services really complement the work and support that Chase Brexton is providing to the entire community. We want to show that through partnership and collaboration under-served communities throughout Maryland are being provided the care and compassion they deserve. Our programs team has worked with Chase Brexton to provide wraparound services to our clients, and, we often receive patient referrals from their clinical staff. We’re really working hand-in-hand to ensure that those receiving support from both of our organizations are leading healthier lives.
We are also purposeful about fostering a culture of philanthropy here at Moveable Feast. last year we instituted a volunteer time-off policy, giving staff time during the work week to volunteer at other organizations. We want our folks to be fully engaged in the community, actively sharing their time and talents with other organizations. The AIDS Walk is a perfect vehicle for us to show our support for a community partner.
How will funds raised through the program support Moveable Feast?
The funds raised will help support our home-delivered meals program. Through fundraising activities like the AIDS Walk, Moveable Feast is able to continue to provide our services at no cost. Not only will this event provide crucial fundraising dollars, but, it also helps spread awareness to the community at large about the work we do. Even if folks can’t support us monetarily, we are always looking for volunteers to come work in our kitchen helping us to produce the healthy meals we serve.
How will you motivate the Moveable Feast team to raise funds? Are you planning any special fundraising events?
We have a wonderful network of community supporters who we’re encouraging to join the team, donate, or to volunteer that day. Our team, Moveable Beasts, has already started planning an upcoming fundraising event (more details coming soon), and we’ve started promoting to both internal staff and our community at large. Our team understands the importance of fundraising events like these, so we are all highly motivated to make this a big success!
What are you looking forward to most about the AIDS Walk?
We look forward to a wonderful day of celebrating and honoring those living with HIV and AIDS. We know our support helps Chase Brexton cover the costs of HIV treatment and prevention, and their new HIV medication delivery service. Our organization believes that this type of service is invaluable to the community we serve. We welcome folks to join our team, donate, or volunteer that day. Your support is crucial to our work. We look forward to walking with you on June 9th! t