A LETTER FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RICHARD AYOUB ON OUR ONGOING COVID-19 RESPONSE EFFORTS

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A LETTER FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RICHARD AYOUB ON OUR ONGOING COVID-19 RESPONSE EFFORTS

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Dear Friends,

In the last month, I’ve witnessed three landmark events at Project Angel Food. First, Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, reached out and volunteered to deliver meals to our clients on three separate days. Second, our friends at LA Care awarded us the largest health care grant in our history—more than $500,000—to quickly bring their members on our waitlist on service for a year. Third, Project Angel Food received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator; the highest rating possible and one of the top honors that a nonprofit can receive.

We are still at heart the agency founded in 1989 in the midst of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Our core mission remains unchanged; to bring healthy food to people who are living with critical illness and unable to shop for or prepare their own food. Our mission is one of love, hope, and comfort. Against all odds, we continue to build on that legacy, elevating Project Angel Food to “a new level,” to quote an executive at one of our partner organizations. What does that “new level” look like? Keep reading to find out!

CLIENT SERVICES EXPANDING

We are nearing 2,000 clients on service. That’s a 25 percent increase since the pandemic began! We have also sent extra food and supplies to all of our clients. With your help, and help from Congressman Adam Schiff who delivered meals on May 18th, we have given each and every client three-week emergency and personal hygiene kits with face masks, toilet paper, and hand wash supplies.

 

MEAL PRODUCTION INCREASING

In March and April 2020, our kitchen produced the largest number of meals ever in our history; nearly 80,000 per month. These numbers are especially staggering considering the recent temporary suspension of our kitchen volunteers who, under normal circumstances, contribute 800 hours a week to meal production.

 

COVERING MORE GROUND

We’ve added two refrigerated vans to our delivery fleet; bringing our total van count to nine. We have also added one route to every day of the week; bringing our total daily route count to eight. Hunger doesn’t know what day it is, so we also started making deliveries on Sundays. Our compassionate drivers are suited up in face masks and gloves and are covering more miles than they were before the pandemic began.

 

STAYING CONNECTED

Project Angel Food cares deeply about clients’ emotional well-being and our dedicated volunteers are helping us enact contactless compassion and care in creative new ways. We’ve implemented a new program called Telephone Angels; matching volunteers with clients for uplifting conversation. Volunteers are also brightening clients’ days with handmade art, messages, and cards—we’ve received 700 so far—helping us share love from a distance.

The pain of the pandemic is undeniable on every level. But what we see at Project Angel Food is the positive, powerful, communal, and healing response to that pain. We see people coming together, gathering resources, and committing to helping those most in need. Harry and Meghan, LA Care, our many selfless donors, creative volunteers, and . dedicated staff; all are giving to make sure we can continue to serve those who are sick and vulnerable.

It gives me hope. It gives me pride in what we are accomplishing together.

With hope and gratitude,


Richard Ayoub
Executive Director

P.S. New client referrals from partners such as APLA, the LA LGBT Center, and the Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council continue to flood our inboxes. We’re counting on you to help us continue to meet the ever-growing demand for our services created by COVID-19. Please donate today to ensure that those most susceptible to the virus receive the food they need to stay home and stay healthy.