Member Services:
Food + Nutrition

When you become a member of the Aliveness Project, you get access to a range of food and nutrition services designed to help you stay healthy and nourished.

The food shelf is located at The Aliveness Project main location:
3808 Nicollet Ave Minneapolis, MN 55409

Not a member yet? All you need is proof of an HIV diagnosis and Minnesota residency.

Scratch-made meals

Our community center features a dining space where you can enjoy healthy, yummy lunches in a cozy group setting. We also offer grab-and-go lunches if you’ve got a busy day ahead.

Meals are handmade by a passionate team of community center volunteers under the supervision of our professional chef. We’ll be sure you leave full and fulfilled by conversations with your fellow members.

Community meal hours

  • To-go meals: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Monday through Friday)
  • Dine-in hot lunch: noon to 2 p.m. (Monday through Friday)

Community meals are served at The Aliveness Project:
3808 Nicollet Ave Minneapolis, MN 55409

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"Just knowing that I can rely on the Aliveness kitchen when I need it for meals is a big stress reliever for me. Not to mention the staff working in the kitchen are so friendly and always make me feel welcome"

- Dan

Choice-model food shelf

The Aliveness Project’s food shelf is based on a shopping model that allows members to choose their own groceries based on individual dietary needs and tastes, including meat, dairy, and fresh produce.

Members need an appointment to shop and can visit once a month to take home up to 65 pounds of groceries. Aliveness Project volunteers will be on hand to answer questions or help you shop!

Food Shelf appointment availability

Call ahead to reserve a spot, then shop for groceries any time between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. (We ask members to come a half hour before the building closes to allow time to shop.)

Medical nutrition therapy

Living with HIV comes with unique nutritional challenges, so we offer medical nutrition therapy to help members use food as medicine to improve their health status, reduce the risk of illness, and manage their symptoms.

A highly qualified registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) oversees our program, acting as a “food pharmacist.”

Medical nutrition therapy may be helpful to you if any of the following apply to you:

  • Currently (or in the past 6 months) prescribed nutritional supplements (such as Ensure, Boost, Glucerna)
  • A physician has expressed concern about you being underweight or needing to gain weight
  • Chronic nausea or vomiting (2+ weeks)
  • Chronic low appetite (1+ month)
  • Recent unintentional weight loss
  • Eating 50% of usual food intake (2+ weeks)
  • Diabetes (Type 1 or 2)
  • Gastrointestinal disorder (such as IBS, Crohn's, or GI cancer)
  • Current or recent cancer
  • Kidney disease (with or without dialysis)

This is a zero-judgment space, and we take a whole-person approach to your wellness.
Call 612-822-7946 to schedule an appointment, or fill out this online form to request a referral.
Appointments are available in-person at The Aliveness Project (3808 Nicollet Ave Minneapolis, MN 55409) or via Telehealth.

For more information…
Nutrition and HIV/AIDS
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (
Why is a good diet important for people living with HIV?
(U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (

Not a member yet?

Members get access to our food and nutrition services, plus a variety of other services designed to help you live a healthy-self-directed life.

Getting started is simple!

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You can complete your HIPAA-compliant membership application completely online, on your time. (Need help with your application? Call us at 612.824.LIFE (5433) or contact us by email to arrange a time to complete intake at our community center.)

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Meet with our member services team for a tour of our building. We will connect you to the programs and services you need, including food and nutrition services.

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Seeing our members living full lives is the best part of what we do. We cannot wait to support you on your journey!

Get the nourishment you need now.