The AIDS 2012 Donation Programme is a vital aspect of this year’s conference and a key priority for conference organizers. The programme focuses on food and material donations to actively minimize conference waste. The project is being led in conjunction with the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, which currently has relationships with various donation and charity-based organizations within the District of Columbia.
The Washington Convention Center works with DC Central Kitchen (DCCK) to donate all leftover food from the venue’s various food outlets. DC Central Kitchen accepts perishable and non-perishable food items which are then in turn donated to various homeless individuals throughout the area. Founded in 1989, DC Central Kitchen distributes 5,000 meals every day to 100 nearby homeless shelters, transitional homes, and nonprofit organizations.
DC Central Kitchen also offers a culinary training program for unemployed men and women who want replace homelessness, addiction, and incarceration with new and fresh starts. The meal distribution programs at DCCK fight poverty, hunger, and poor health. The DCCK Food Recycling program turns tons of leftover, surplus food into thousands of balanced meals every day.
Donation boxes will be available at various locations throughout the venue. Conference participants wishing to donate items that will no longer be needed after the conference (conference bags, office supplies, exhibition material, clothes, etc.) may leave items at any of the conference donation boxes.
We ask delegates not to ship back materials to their organizations after the conference, but instead to make a conscious effort and utilize the donation boxes. Volunteers will be stationed at the donation spots to assist with moving materials. All materials will be donated to local shelters and area schools.