Dining In For Life
Dining Out For Life, WNCAP’s biggest annual fundraiser, looks a little different this year. But you can still give back to WNCAP and support your favorite independent restaurants – Dine IN For Life on Thursday, April 29!
In a “normal” non-pandemic year, Dining Out For Life involves over 100 local restaurants that donate 20% of their sales on a single day – the last Thursday in April – to the Western North Carolina AIDS Project, WNCAP.
Because of the effect that COVID-19 has had on our independent restaurants, WNCAP is not asking Participating Restaurants for any percentage of their sales in 2021. Instead, we are inviting the whole community to Dine IN For Life on Thursday, April 29.
Dine IN For Life is simple: first, support your favorite Participating Restaurants however you can – through takeout, dine-in, delivery, or gift card options. Then, make a donation to WNCAP to help maintain our HIV prevention, care, and harm reduction services. We need your support more than ever.
Everyone who donates between now and April 30 will be automatically entered into our Dine IN For Life Grand Prize Drawing! Prizes include a private film screening at the Grail Moviehouse, an Asheville “Staycation”, and a $500 Cash Card courtesy of Mosaic Realty!
WNCAP was founded in 1986 by a small group of dedicated volunteers providing comfort and care to people dying of AIDS. Today, WNCAP serves thousands of people in 18 counties of WNC.
There are still new cases of HIV in North Carolina in 2021. However, with early detection and treatment, people living with HIV need never advance to a diagnosis of AIDS – and death. But sadly, too many people in our community face barriers to HIV testing, access to care, a stigma-free environment, and basic resources like food and transportation.
And a disproportionate number of these people belong to marginalized communities, such as Black women, transgender individuals, or people who use drugs.
That is where WNCAP comes in.
WNCAP provides HIV medical case management, HIV and hepatitis C testing and education, harm reduction and syringe services, and a subsidized pharmacy program to people from across WNC. The pharmacy services program assists clients obtaining their HIV and hepatitis C medications easily and affordably. The program also offers financial assistance to HIV negative individuals for PrEP and PEP, medications that prevent HIV, depending on eligibility. All WNCAP services are free and confidential.
People living with HIV and most at risk of HIV are more vulnerable now than at any time since the peak of the AIDS epidemic. Why? The COVID-19 pandemic has made it more challenging for our clients, many of whom are immunocompromised, to work, leave their homes, or access basic resources like food or medical care. Across the board, demand for all WNCAP services has skyrocketed to an all-time high.We are so grateful to everyone in the WNC community who supports our work through donations, volunteers, Dine IN For Life, and advocacy. Thank you so much for your generosity and your kindness.