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The Project Angel Food Program is founded by Marianne Williamson as an outreach program of the Los Angeles Center for Living, which helps people with life-threatening illnesses. The Center for Living provides numerous programs, such as The Clean Team, Project Nightlight and Hospice Care. We also prepare lunch for drop-in clients, but as fewer and fewer are able to leave their homes, lunch is delivered to them. Louise Hay, Marianne Williamson and David Kessler hold the first fundraiser, bringing in $11,000. Daily meals served = 15.


The Project Angel Food Program moves into the kitchen of the Crescent Heights United Methodist Church. The first "Angel Art," chaired by Berry and Tony Perkins, raises over $540,000. The Center for Living opens offices on Robertson Boulevard.

Due to the needs of the HIV community, the demand for the Project Angel Food Program grows dramatically. Project Angel Food has 2 full-time staff. Daily meals served = 90.


With the dramatic increase in AIDS cases, the Project Angel Food Program focuses its mission on the AIDS affected community. "Divine Design" is held at the Barker Hangar and is the most spectacular event imaginable. It features over 50 designer showrooms, a designer label discount store, fantastic booths and a fantasy auction where you can bid on David Hockney to paint your swimming pool, or hold a birthday party at Michael Jackson's Never Never Land, or have lunch with Barbara Bush at the White House. The evening brings in more than $1,300,000. Demand for meals continues to grow. Daily meals served = 250.


The Center for Living experiences growing pains, but meal delivery continues uninterrupted. "Out of the Closets, Into the Streets" is held on Melrose Place to raise funds and is underwritten with a $50,000 gift from Marianne Williamson. The kitchen continues to operate out of the Church, but the demand for meals pushes its limit. The search begins for a new kitchen to house the Project Angel Food Program. Elizabeth Taylor's AIDS Foundation provides Project Angel Food its first grant of $150,000. Daily meals served = 350.


The Center for Living formally changes its name to Project Angel Food and moves its offices to an old production office on Sunset Boulevard. The second "Angel Art" is held at the Pacific Design Center. John Gile joins as Executive Director. Leonard Nimoy donates the first agency van. Project Angel Food obtains its first-ever government grant. Project Angel Food has 13 people on staff. Meals continue to be prepared at the Church. Daily meals served = 490.


Over 100 people call for meal service each month. Barry Diller, David Geffen, Barbra Streisand and Ron Burkle give lead gifts for a new kitchen. Groundbreaking is held in July and the new kitchen is fully operational by November. Deliveries are expanded through drop-off centers to include Pasadena, Downtown and greater Hollywood. Ron Burkle agrees to underwrite kitchen rent on behalf of the Ralphs/ Food-4-Less Foundation. "Divine Design" is held at the Pacific Design Center. Daily meals served = 650.


Services continue to expand. Kitchen expands its ability to offer meals tailored to special dietary requirements. "Angel Awards" are first held at the kitchen. First agency nutrition program begins. Daily meals served = 700.


Meal delivery expands to include Long Beach. Staff adds second dietitian to oversee nutritional needs of the clients and plan special meals. "Divas: Simply Singing!" benefits Project Angel Food. AIDS death rate drops for the first time in 8 years. With the introduction of powerful new treatments, people are now living longer with a chronic, often debilitating, disease. Daily meals served = 750.


As the face of AIDS changes, Project Angel Food changes with it. The majority of clients are now people of color, and more women and children are now on service. Eight donor-sponsored vans are now in Project Angel Food's fleet. Services expand to further geographic regions of the county. Daily meals served = 850.


Kitchen begins frozen meal delivery to allow clients to fit their meal schedule to their medicine regimen. New equipment in kitchen allows for safety sealing and frozen storage of 5,000 meals per week. Staff includes 34 full-time and 17 part- time employees. Daily meals served = 900.


Two millionth meal served. Elizabeth Taylor agrees to accept Angel Award. Project Angel Food pays tribute to 10 years of volunteers. Records indicate over 20,000 people have volunteered. Over 30,000 known cases of people living with HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles. Daily meals served = 1,200.


Project Angel Food opens a satellite kitchen in the city of Compton and enhances service to South Bay and Long Beach areas. Project Angel Food updates client eligibility to include financial need as well as physical disability associated with HIV/AIDS related illnesses. Project Angel Food chefs, staff and volunteers prepare and deliver 408,555 meals to those in need throughout Los Angeles. Daily meals served = 1,116


Over 2.5 million meals served. Whoopi Goldberg is honored at Angel Awards. Elizabeth Taylor returns to Project Angel Food to present the honor. 665 new clients enroll in our meal delivery program. 48 volunteer orientations train over 724 new Project Angel Food volunteers. Project Angel Food hires two new outreach workers to launch an outreach initiative to reach underserved Latino communities affected by HIV/AIDS. Daily meals served = 1,020.


An increased number of people seek meals from Project Angel Food: 760 new clients are enrolled during the year.  Eric and Janet McCormack are honored at Angel Awards and make a surprise donation on behalf of their family, including new son Finnigan.   Sheryl Lee Ralph presents the 12th annual DIVAS Simply Singing, raising over $40,000.  Total meals served in 2002 = 412,446.  Average daily meals served = 1,129. 


Loreen Joy Arbus donates $100,000 to launch the Project Angel Food's pilot program to explore the feasibility of providing meals to people with other life-threatening illnesses.  The Human Rights Campaign presents Project Angel Food with the Community Service Award.  Angelica Huston and Robert Graham and Lloyd Rigler receive Angel Awards.  Steve Bing donates funds to create a television public service announcement featuring basketball star Rick Fox encouraging people to get involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS and discrimination, and to support Project Angel Food.  Average daily meals served = 1,028.


The Project Angel Food Program's mission is expanded to include other illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, Parkinson's disease and others. Our new mission is to nourish the body and spirit of men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS and other serious illnesses.

A six-month "Breakfast Program" pilot is implemented to provide a second meal to 35 clients who need it most. Average daily meals served = 1054. Total meals served through 2004 = 3,720,538.


City of Los Angeles, with the strong support of Councilman Tom LaBonge, provides Project Angel Food with $400,000 federal grant for purchase of new building.  Project Angel Food volunteer board of directors launches $5 million capital campaign.  4 millionth meal is delivered from the Sunset Boulevard facility.  Project Angel Food enrolls the 10,000 person for service.  Pilot breakfast program is expanded to bring meals those most in need, as determined by our dieticians.  Eric and Janet McCormack host Angel Awards honoring Carol and Jerry Coben and Doris Roberts.  kd Lang performs an incredible set for the show.  Derbeh Vance, Don Macaulay, and Stephen Sanford mark 15 years of employment with Project Angel Food.


Project Angel Food purchases building at 922 Vine Street in Hollywood.  Groundbreaking construction party is held with Council President Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Board Chair Merrily Newton, and represenatives from Wells Fargo participating.  Wallis Annenberg makes $500,000 leadership gift to the campaign, with leadership gifts following from Wells Fargo Foundation, Keck Foundation, MAC AIDS Fund, and the Ahmanson Foundation.  Westport Construction is chosen as the general contractor for the project, with plans to build kitchen, dispatch, and volunteer center on the entire lower level of the building.  Final Angel Award at Sunset Boulevard honors Nathan Lane, and Disney Voluntears.




Capital Campaign surpasses $4 million and construction moves ahead on new kitchen. CAA hosts the Angel Art event which raises over $900,000, the most succesful in history. Over 2,000 new volunteers sign up during the year. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa hosts ribbon cutting ceremony on November 15th marking the official opening of the new buiding and the delivery of the 5 millionth meal. Project Angel Food joins with Gay and Lesbian Elder Housing to assist clients transition to new housing in Hollywood. Project Angel Food raises more funds in 12 month period than at any time in its history. Shirley MacLaine and Xorin Balbes are honored at Angel Awards, with Maria Shriver and Christopher Schwarzenegger opening the evening.



In 2008, the kitchen receives a perfect 100% score from the Los Angeles County Deparment of Health. Margaret Steele takes over the helm from long-time leader John Gile as the new CEO. Project Angel Food's expanded mission to serve various life-threatening illnesses resonates throughout the greater Los Angeles community, facilitating service to more people in need than ever before.



While the economy softened Project Angel Food with financial diligence was able to honor it mission to nourish the seriously ill in our community. Our devoted volunteers continue to play a major role in our direct, loving work by cooking meals, delivering meals and working at our special events. In 2009 they provided more than 50,000 hours of service. Thanks to our volunteers and donors, we provided 670,000 meals in 2009. We celebrated our 20th year of service to the people of Los Angeles County at our summer Angel Awards party, and also refreshed our logo in honor of this important milestone. Barbie was recognized as our Fashion Icon at Divine Design, as part of her 50th Birthday celebration.



The need for our service continued with Project Angel Food cooking and delivering 735,000 meals throughout Los Angeles County. An important new initiative was the Project Angel Food Gardens, with the agency growing organic produce for our meals in both plots in community gardens and in Project Angel Food Gardens where all the produce in planted specifically for our meals in unused urban lots, the use of which is donated by the land-owner. We also undertook the well-receive Project Angel Food Bakers initiative, to provide earned income to our revenue stream. The launch was three Do Gooding Good cookie flavors at Pavilions with plans for expansion.



We serve more women affected by life-threatening illnesses, including breast cancer, than ever before, comprising 42% of our client base. 688,000 total meals are cooked and delivered. Angel Awards are presented to Glee producer Dante DiLoreti by Jessica Lange as well as "Hungry Girl" Lisa Lillien by Pauley Perrette. Awards bestowed at Divine Design include Viola Davis as Woman of Style, Thomas Keller as Iconic Chef and Restauranteur, and Patricia Field as Iconic Fashion Visionary.





We cook and deliver our 8 millionth meal since the agency's inception, with 560,000 meals provided throughout the year. Angel Awards are presented to Kiehl's president Chris Salgardo as well as to Pauley Perrette by Reverend Kathy Cooper-Ledesma.  Divine Design is co-chaired by Karo Varanian and George Anderson and honor both Barclay Butera and David Meister.  



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