Food and Nutrition Programs
Basil Lime Fizz
(As featured in our Spring 2015 Newsletter!)
3 tablespoons of honey or agave nectar
1/2 cup packed basil leaves (or mint)
1 1/4 cups (about 12 limes) of lime juice, freshly squeezed
Sprigs of mint or basil, for garnish
Lime wheels, for garnish
2 liters of sparkling water
1. Wash basil or mint thoroughly and roughly chop to release herb flavoring.
2. In a pitcher, combine lime juice, agave or honey, and 1 quart water.
4. Add the basil or mint to pitcher.
5. Fill glasses with ice. Pour lime Fizz over ice.
6. Garnish with mint/basil sprigs and lime wheels.
7. Serve immediately.
A Gateway to Healthy Living! Iris House teaches people how to improve their health and the quality of their life through better nutrition!
FOOD: For Clients
Clients enrolled in any Iris House Program can enjoy a nutritious and balanced lunch prepared on-site at our West Side office Tuesdays through Fridays at noon.
We offer several nutrition and cooking classes each month to help our clients learn to manage co-morbidities such as cholesterol, diabetes, obesity that can present health challenges to people living with HIV. Additionally, our clients work with our nutrition health educator in tandem with their own nutritionists to help improve their diet and overall health picture.
Food Vouchers ($75) for shopping at local supermarkets are available as specified by program guidelines for clients enrolled in our Food and Nutrition Services. Pantry Bags, featuring ingredients for healthy meals, including fresh produce, are also available to enrolled Iris House Clients with the help of our unique partnership with the Food Bank of New York City.
Additionally, several times throughout the year, Iris House prepares special luncheon to celebrate Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, a summer Family Picnic, Thanksgiving and the Holidays, which are all special times for our families!
FOOD: For the Community
Lunch is served on the second floor of our West Side Office at 1 PM on a first-come, first-served basis on Tuesdays - Fridays.
Members of the Community may receive Pantry once a month with a referral from participating community organizations such as the Salvation Army, local churches, senior and community centers and government sources. Community Pantry is distributed via client choice inventory list along with a nutrition education handout and/or recipe in each bag. Bags and items are based on family size and are distributed at our West Side Office on Thursdays at 2 PM and at on the East Side (at 158 East 115th Street) on Tuesdays from 11 AM - 3 PM.
Iris House also hosts the West Side Campaign Against Hunger's mobile pantry van on the second Thursday of the month from 9 AM - 1 PM.
When individuals come to Iris House, our teams are always happy to provide free HIV Rapid Testing, safe sex kits including condoms and lube, and prevention education materials for members of the community who choose to use our food and nutrition services!
For more information on any of Iris House's Food and Nutrition Services, please contact program director Jon Diamond at (646) 548-0100 x202 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Iris House provides a number of ongoing classes, seminars and special opportunities for people to address ways to improve nutrition and lifestyle habits.
COOKING CLASSES: Specifically for clients enrolled in our programs for HIV+ individuals, we offer a weekly class aimed at teaching basic food preparation and cooking skills, with a focus on how to prepare healthy foods on a budget. We feature seasonal foods, often in conjunction with offerings at local greenmarkets and farmer's markets, and offer information on not just why the food is healthy, but how it can improve health outcomes and how to prepare and serve it.
DIABETES/OBESITY Seminars: From time to time, Iris House offers an eight-week seminar in how to manage (or avoid) diabetes and obesity. Presented in conjunction with St. Luke's Medical Group, this seminar focuses on both nutrition and activity and presents the information in medically approved and up-to-date methods.