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Adequate nutrition is a key factor in maintaining and improving clients' health. Our clients receive a nutrition assessment upon enrollment and on-going follow-ups depending on their health and nutrition goals. Key objectives to the counseling sessions include:

  • Assessing the client's health history and needs which include diet food allergies /intolerances, medications and any side effects, supplements, medical conditions and recent weight changes
  • Referrals to additional food resources
  • Providing educational materials
  • Designing an appropriate meal plan based on dietary needs

Our menus follow specific nutrition guidelines to provide required nutrients and calories to optimize our client's health. We accommodate 20 special diets such as diabetic, low fat, no dairy or vegetarian, to help meet the individualized needs of our clients. In fact, almost 40% of our clients are on a special meal plan. Click here to see a sample of our regular menus.

Ensuring that people have enough to eat is very important to the staff of Project Angel Food.  Our primary goal is to ensure clients with life-threatening conditions have adequate nourishment, however other services are available in Los Angeles County that help individuals acquire food based on their financial need.  The information listed below can help you to locate additional food resources if you are in need.

  • You can find out about services in you immediate area from the County of Los Angeles Info Line by dialing 211.  211 is an easy to remember three-digit dialing code that enables a caller to access over 28,000 health and human service programs throughout Los Angeles County 24 hours per day, 7 days per week and is TTY accessible.  The City of Los Angeles also has a similar service that you can call.  Its telephone number is 311.

  • The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank partners with over 1,000 charities in Los Angeles County to help distribute nutritious food to economically disadvantaged residents. Their website http://www.lafoodbank.com offers information on their services and provides an online service that allows you to locate a food pantry by city or zip code.

  • The Food Stamp Program was established to improve the nutrition of people in low-income households. To learn more about the food stamp program, please visit the Department of Public Social Services Food and Nutrition Program at http://dpss.lacounty.gov/new_portal/dpss_foodstamps.cfm.  If you would like to determine if you are eligible to receive food stamps you can use a pre-screening tool at http://65.216.150.143/fns/.  Please not that this Pre-Screening Tool is not an application for Food Stamps. An application for Food Stamps must be made at your local Food Stamp Office. Click here to find the office that serves your area in Los Angeles County.

  • WIC, the Women, Infants, and Children program is a nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers and young children eat well and stay healthy. Click on detailed description for more information about the WIC Program. Generally, WIC is available to low income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women and children under age five who are at nutritional risk. Contact your local WIC office to make an appointment and find out which documents you need to bring with you. At your appointment, WIC staff will determine if you and your family qualify. You may also use the LA County Helps website tool at http://www.lacountyhelps.org to determine eligibility for the WIC and Food Stamp Program in addition to other assistance programs.

  • The Office of AIDS Programs and Policy (OAPP) offers the HIV L.A. Consumer Directory online at http://www.hivla.org/search.cfm.  You can use this tool to find different services including food resources.  Though the site is targeted to individuals with HIV/AIDS, many of the services listed under food resources can be used by the general population.

  • Federally assisted meal programs operate in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. They provide nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free meals to children each school day and also during summer break at some facilities. To learn more about these programs please visit the USDA website at http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/.  To determine if your child's school offers these programs during the school year please contact the school's food services department or administration. Also contact your local park to determine if the summer lunch and/or after-school snack programs are available.

Please don't hesitate to contact the Nutritional Services Department.

 

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