Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined Project Angel Food CEO Richard Ayoub, celebrity supporters, and 225 volunteers and staff to prepare and deliver 7,400 meals on Thanksgiving Day to seriously ill and housing insecure people throughout 4,700 square miles of L.A. County.
“Mayor Eric Garcetti epitomizes what it is to be part of a community and lift one another through compassion and service,” Ayoub said after the media crush subsided.
Check out the photos of the stars and their families: Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Cheyenne Jackson and Jason Landau, American Idol favorite Ava Maybee, Melissa Rivers, Avatar: Way of Water star Trinity Bliss, parenting expert Donna Tetreault, Amy Yasbeck, Eileen Davidson (RHOBH, Days of Our Lives), Peter Porte (Days of Our Lives), Juan Pablo Di Pace (DWTS, Fuller House), Olympian Tai Babilonia, Tim Bagley (Gracie & Frankie, Will & Grace), Michael Hitchcock (The Resort, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Lawrence Zarian (The Kelly Clarkson Show), Marc Malkin (Variety), James Wallington and Will Jardell (Amazing Race Season 32 winners) and Romeo Escobar (Survivor 42 runner-up).
The 7,400 meals delivered included 1,600 traditional turkey dinners to critically ill men, women, children and their caregivers, 5,600 Medically Tailored Meals and breakfasts regularly scheduled for Thursday delivery, and another 200 meals were provided to Project Angel Food community partner PATH for residents for two of PATH’s Interim Housing and Permanent Supportive Housing sites.
Traditional Thanksgiving dinners consisted of roasted turkey, root vegetables, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce and a slice of pumpkin cheesecake. Vegetarian meals were also provided. The meal was sponsored by the Stanley and Joyce Black Family Foundation, with Glamazon (Amazon’s affinity group for the LGBT+ community) sponsoring the volunteer event.
Project Angel Food strives to end food insecurity and improve health outcomes of critically ill men, women and children in Los Angeles with Medically Tailored Meals, delivered with care and compassion. Over 2,500 clients are fed daily. Project Angel Food delivers 1.3 million meals each year.
Thank you everyone for participating and, as Mayor Garcetti put it, being volunteer angels in our City of Angels.