Alexandria Real Estate hosted the dedication of Project Angel Food’s first refrigerated van in the valet circle of the Westin Hotel, Pasadena on February 28, 2018, followed by a lunch celebrating the debut of ARE Operation Care program, which is committed to long term community support. ARE representatives and staff joined Project Angel Food staff and volunteers to celebrate the partnership, which has proven to be a strong example of corporate leadership and employee involvement in support of the critical effort to feed and nourish the sick, as well as their families, who are battling life-threatening illnesses.
“Project Angel Food is honored, proud and excited to be involved in this ongoing partnership with such a caring and philanthropic company as Alexandria Real Estate”, said Richard Ayoub, Executive Director, Project Angel Food. The partnership began in 2017, when the Pasadena based ARE forged an ongoing support of the non-profit and in their 4th quarter raising enough funds to convert three Project Angel Food vans to refrigerated usage. This upgrades the technology for food safety for the clients and will allow the Agency to services a wider area of Los Angeles County. Clients who depend on the meals will now be able to receive them in the safest and most nutritious way.
In addition to raising funds for Project Angel Food’s van refrigeration upgrade, Alexandria’s Pasadena team collectively volunteered more than 325 hours preparing, cooking and packaging meals in the Project Angel Food kitchen; secured thousands of personal items for holiday and birthday bags; decorated cards; and made Feed Bead bracelets, which are another source of revenue for the agency.
Jennifer Banks, General Counsel and Executive Vice President, ARE said, “My own involvement with Project Angel Food started over twenty years ago, when I was a student. I was a volunteer at the church on Fountain Avenue when the organization was just starting out. It is beyond rewarding to come full circle and work with the Project Angel Food team as a key part of Alexandria’s mission to serve our community. The entire Alexandria team has been inspired by the committed and ongoing dedication to service that Project Angel Food provides for the most needy and vulnerable members of the community.”
Alexandria is an urban office real estate investment trust uniquely focused on collaborative life science and technology campuses in key innovation cluster locations. The company’s mission is to create ecosystems that enable the world’s most innovative organizations to cure disease, solve hunger and improve the quality of people’s lives. Through Alexandria’s philanthropic partnership with Project Angel Food, the non-profit will be able to refrigerate three of its six delivery vehicles.
Since 1989, Project Angel Food has prepared and delivered more than 11 million meals — currently 11,000 per week — free of charge to men, women and children living with critical illnesses. Project Angel Food expanded its initial mission from serving people living with HIV/AIDS to include medically tailored meals, prepared by the staff and volunteers, for those combatting cancer, kidney failure, diabetes, congestive heart disease and other illnesses. The mission has always remained intact, to feed and nourish the sick, by delivering healthy, nutritious meals throughout 4,400 square miles of LA County. More than 97% of Project Angel Food clients are living below the poverty level, and Project Angel Food is their lifeline, filling a vital need in all communities. The client demographics are testimony to this: 37% Latino, 29% African-American, 22% Caucasian, 6% Asian/Pacific Islander, 1% Native American and 5% Multicultural.