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PROJECT ANGEL FOOD AWARDED $75,000 GRANT FROM BANK OF AMERICA FOR COVID-19 RESPONSE
Hollywood, April 30, 2020 – As the extraordinary demand for meal preparation and delivery services continue as a result of the Coronavirus, Project Angel Food has been awarded a $75,000 grant from Bank of America to continue its COVID-19 response. Project Angel Food faces increased need, as their critically ill clients are unable to go outside to buy groceries, and as more people struggle to put food on the table.
Grants like this one from Bank of America help the organization purchase and deliver three weeks-worth of additional frozen meals and shelf-stable food items to all of their 1,800 clients and help cover costs of hiring additional kitchen staff in lieu of its usual volunteer crews. Every week Project Angel Food cooks, prepares, and delivers over 15,000 meals for 1,800 clients living with critical illnesses. More than 62% of those clients are 60 and older and all have compromised immune systems which place them at greater risk of complications from COVID-19.
“Bank of America has been a longtime supporter and we are not surprised that this community leader has stepped up their giving to meet the ever-increasing need resulting from the COVID-19 crisis,” says Executive Director Richard Ayoub.
“Now more than ever, Angelenos are taking care of one another. Project Angel Food has for decades cared for our most vulnerable, homebound brothers and sisters. So when they needed an extra hand, we didn’t hesitate to direct additional resources their way,” said Raul A. Anaya, Bank of America market president for Greater Los Angeles.
Bank of America also recently answered Project Angel Food’s call for mask donations; immediately delivering 100 new unopened rainbow bandanas from its local LGBT employee group.
Project Angel Food was born of the AIDS Crisis in 1989 and expanded its mission in 2004 to serve people with other serious illnesses like cancer, kidney disease, and congestive heart failure. Over the past 30 years, our mission has remained constant; to feed and nourish the sick, by delivering healthy nutritious meals throughout all 4,000+ square miles of Los Angeles County. More than 98% of Project Angel Food clients are living at or below the poverty level, and Project Angel Food is their lifeline, filling a vital need in all communities. The client demographics—38% Latino, 27% African-American, 24% Caucasian, 6% Asian/Pacific Islander, 1% Native American, 4% Multicultural—are testimony to this.
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