Providing fresh, wholesome food options and supportive nutrition education

Good nutrition is critically important for individuals living with a compromised immune system, and Tulsa CARES offers a wide variety of food and nutrition services for our clients. Our dietitian and nutrition staff work closely with clients on nutrition education and develop individualized food plans that best fit their unique dietary needs.

Tulsa CARES works to ensure that no person is forced to choose between eating a nutritious meal, paying a utility bill, or taking a life-saving medication.

NOURISH-OK Study

NOURISH-OK stands for Nutrition to Optimize, Understand, and Restore Insulin Sensitivity in HIV for Oklahoma. Surveys conducted by Tulsa CARES and others found that more than half of Oklahomans living with HIV have problems getting enough healthy food to eat for themselves and their families. The NOURISH-OK Study will help Tulsa CARES understand what causes food insecurity, how it may lead to health problems in HIV, and how we can help improve food security for our clients. To learn more click here.

Weekly Meals

Each Tuesday at noon, clients and their guests are invited to join in “Second Cup,” a fresh and delicious lunch shared together. Meals are prepared by our nationally-certified dietary manager, and entrée choices are guided by client input. In addition to nourishment, the program provides clients a chance to connect with others and touch base with care coordinators. See the upcoming menu on our client calendar

Farmers’ Market

The Tulsa CARES Farmers’ Market provides clients access to on-site fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, and bread twice per month. For clients who are not case managed by Tulsa CARES, physicians may directly refer patients with multiple health conditions or risk factors to the Farmers’ Market. These clients receive customized recommendations and one on one support from the dietetics team that is medically-tailored and designed to help support clients reach their health goals through optimal nutrition.

To sign up for this month's Farmers' Market, click here.

Monthly Groceries

Tulsa CARES’ grocery pantry allows eligible clients to privately shop once per month and select from a variety of food items, including produce, meat, and dairy, as well as essential household goods. Many items are color-coded to guide clients along their individualized food plan, and we promote client choice by allowing clients to select food based on their own preferences.

Dietetic Services

Our Dietitian and nutrition staff provide nutrition education, dietary analysis, and individualized meal plans to clients needing support. When necessary, services also include medical foods and nutritional supplements. With a physician referral, medical nutrition therapy and body composition testing can be made available to any person living with HIV in our service area.

Emergency Grocery Assistance

For clients not participating in the monthly groceries program who only need food assistance occasionally due to unexpected financial hardship, emergency groceries can be accessed up to four times per year.

Eligibility

Although most food and nutrition programs are free and available to all clients, there are eligibility requirements for the monthly pantry program based on financial need and/or medical diagnoses other than HIV that require ongoing nutrition education and support. For eligible clients living in rural counties, please ask for a referral to our grocery voucher shopping program.

Some dietetic services or Farmers’ Market support for those with other chronic disease management may require a physician referral. Contact your care coordinator with questions and to assess your eligibility.