The Friendship Meals are a place for people living with HIV/AIDS and their friends and family in Snohomish County to gather, find support, and connect with community.
These monthly dinners were originally provided to the clients of HOPWA (Helpers of People with AIDS) with support from government funding. In 2008, a group of volunteers decided to keep this program alive once the funding faced heightened restrictions, no longer covering the costs of food.
These volunteers, and all of us at APSC, felt the need for a time and place for HIV+ people to meet with family and friends in order to counteract the isolation felt by many HIV+ people, and to find support in community.
In 2012, AIDS Project Snohomish County began to cover the costs of these meals, with generous support from local organizations and businesses. Over the years, these dinners have been offered in several different locations, and have most recently been help at the Trinity Lutheran Church.
At this point the meals have been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will update this page as soon as we set more dates for these Friendship Dinners.