Since Project Angel Food began in 1989, its staff and volunteers have prepared and delivered more than nine million meals. That’s right – nine million! Over the years, thousands of West Hollywood community members have benefitted from the services of Project Angel Food, and given back as volunteers.
Project Angel Food feeds and nourishes the sick as they battle critical illness. The organization has deep roots in West Hollywood, and the City is proud to support its work.
The organization was founded by Marianne Williamson as an outreach program of the Los Angeles Center for Living to support people with HIV/AIDS. The food program moved into the kitchen of the Crescent Heights United Methodist Church at Fountain and Fairfax in 1990, where its kitchen operations remained until 1994, when the demand for service surpassed the capacity at that site.
“Project Angel Food was conceived in West Hollywood, harnessing the volunteer spirit of people taking care of each other to become the county-wide non-profit we are today,” said Robert Boller, Project Angel Food’s Director of Programs. “We are eternally grateful to the City of West Hollywood and its residents for our beginnings and for all the support that continues to this day.”
Project Angel Food meals are prepared by professional chefs and volunteer assistants with support from registered dietitians to ensure the healthiest meals possible. Meals are then flash-frozen to allow clients to receive one weekly delivery with food for seven days, giving them greater flexibility in their schedules and the ability to match their meal schedule to their medicine regimens.
Over the years, Project Angel Food has thoughtfully and strategically continued to respond to the changing nature of hunger and illness. In the mid and late 1990s, they expanded their services and fleets to reach out farther into Los Angeles County, allowing its services to reach under-served communities. In 2004, the organization had expanded its mission to include those living with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. In 2010, a new initiative – the Project Angel Food Gardens -- was launched to grow organic produce for use in its meal preparation through community gardens and unused urban lots, whose owners have donated the space for this purpose.
Project Angel Food moved in 2007 to its current location at 922 Vine St. in Los Angeles, across from Vine Street Elementary School. Since then, a wonderful partnership has developed, with students from the school coming over to help sort and bag fruit for clients, decorate special birthday bags for delivery and to assist with beading to make bracelets that Project Angel Food sells for $5 each to further support its mission.
For more information or to learn how to become a volunteer, please call (323) 845-1800 or visitwww.projectangelfood.org.