HJN Profile: Project Angel Food

What is the mission of your organization?

Project Angel Food’s mission is to nourish the body and spirit of men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses. Volunteers and staff cook and deliver free and nutritious meals prepared with love throughout Los Angeles County, acting out of a sense of urgency because hunger and illness do not wait.

Our meals, prepared by professional chefs and volunteer assistants, are nutritiously-appropriate, attractive and always made with the freshest ingredients. Our registered dietitians provide clients with individual, nutritional counseling. There is no charge to clients for these services.

Volunteers, who help in the kitchen and make the deliveries, are a crucial component of our program. While the immediate need we fulfill is the prevention of hunger, these caring individuals also deliver compassion and help reduce the terrible isolation that many people living with serious illnesses often experience.

Clients are grouped into 90 geographically-based routes, ranging from Lancaster to Long Beach. Volunteers using their own vehicles deliver from 6 to 10 meals per route. Our central kitchen is located in Hollywood. Meals are also distributed via satellite drop-off points in North Hollywood, Pasadena, Silver Lake, Santa Monica, South Central Los Angeles and the Antelope Valley.

Since its inception in 1989, the Project Angel Food Program has prepared and delivered more than 5.7 million meals. Last year, the Project Angel Food Program prepared and delivered 597,975 meals to 2,340 individuals.

You can learn more about our agency on our website at www.angelfood.org.

What communities do you serve?

We serve individuals who live in Los Angeles County who are facing life threatening illness such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, end-stage renal failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, etc…

Describe two of your programs you would like HJN members to know about.

The main program we’d like people to know about is our meal service.  Unfortunately there is a great deal of need for our service in Los Angeles County but not enough people know about us.

In addition we’d like to make people aware that there are many ways that they can help out our organization in two very important ways, by volunteering and by donating.  Find out more on our website at www.angelfood.org.  Also, check out our volunteer video here: http://www.kintera.org/htmlcontent.asp?cid=81345

What is the most pressing issue your org is currently working?

As with most organizations we are feeling the crunch of the current economic crises.  Although most of our long term donors are still sending in money, they are not sending as much as they did in the past. We want to be sure that people are aware of our very important cause!

Anything else you would like to share?

We love working with other agencies to help combat chronic disease in Los Angeles County.  If your agency is looking to have staff training on how nutrition affects disease and/or if you want to have a nutrition education class for your clients please get in touch with Orville Bigelow, M.S., R.D. at obigelow@angelfood.org.

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