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SEATTLE - (March 18, 2009) — Today Bailey-Boushay House, a skilled nursing facility that provides care for people living with HIV/AIDS and other complex, life-threatening diseases, announced its sponsorship of the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program, administered by the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

Bailey-Boushay House will receive funding, based on parental or caregiver income, from OSPI to provide meals to adults who participate in its Adult Day Health program. Meals are provided at no charge without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability. The monthly income-eligibility guidelines listed below are used to determine the reimbursement of OSPI.

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"OSPI's support is critical for us to provide free meals to clients in the Adult Day Health program," said Brian Knowles, executive director of Bailey-Boushay House. "For many of our clients, this may be the only meal they get in a day."

Further compounding a client's challenge of living with HIV/AIDS is the difficulty of managing medications that often require the consumption of food and beverages. For many clients, the Adult Day Health program meals allow them to live healthier, longer lives.

Bailey-Boushay House, located at 2720 E. Madison Street in Seattle, provides meals free of charge to all eligible Adult Day Health clients, regardless of income. Call (206) 322-5300 for more information about Bailey-Boushay House or the Adult Day Health program.

Any person who believes that he or she has been discriminated against in any USDA-related activity should write immediately to the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, DC 20250.

About Bailey-Boushay House
Bailey-Boushay House, opened in 1992, is America's first skilled nursing facility that was planned, funded, built and staffed to meet the needs of people living with AIDS. The nationally-recognized facility provides care for people living with HIV/AIDS and other complex, life-threatening diseases promoting their health, well-being and functional independence. Bailey-Boushay is operated by Virginia Mason Medical Center.

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(206) 341-1509

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