As persons again join the international community to observe World AIDS Day 2011 on Thursday, December 1, the National HIV/AIDS Commission, in conjunction with Brydens, will be spearheading a National Food Bank drive on the day.

Several drop off points will be set up on the day so that members of the public can contribute to this islandwide Food Bank initiative.

Director of the Commission, Jacqueline Wiltshire Gay noted: "Barbadians can take their non-perishable or monetary contributions to: the Warrens Office Complex; University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus; Super Centre, Holetown; Jordan’s Supermarket, Speightstown and Fairchild Street; a booth at the Glebe playing field, St. George; Emerald City Supermarket, Six Roads; Oistins Bay Gardens, and the Food Bank, Jemmotts Lane.

The stations will be collecting items between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and the Commission is encouraging all Barbadians to wear something red on Thursday, to show their support for persons living with HIV and to pay tribute to those who have died as a result of the illness.

World AIDS Day is celebrated on December 1each year and in the face of a disease for which there is still no cure, this day has become one of the most recognised on the international health calendar. It also offers a key opportunity to raise awareness, commemorate those who have passed on, and celebrate victories such as increased access to treatment, care and prevention services.

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