FOOD IS LOVE has long been the mantra at Project Angel Food and the mission so moved City of El Monte Councilmember Victoria Martinez that she volunteered to deliver a special Valentine’s Day meal and goody bag plus flowers from the city to local residents on the program. Together with some members of her staff, she teamed up with Project Angel Food personnel to make these surprise deliveries together with some extra love.
Victoria said, “I represent 115,000 people on the outskirts of Los Angeles County and I fell in love with the mission, Food Is Love. I want to get the word out to residents not only in El Monte, but also in the San Gabriel Valley that there is such a great organization like Project Angel Food. I serve a city of immigrants mostly Asian and Latino and there is a language barrier. I want them to find out more about the friendly face of Project Angel Food and the beautiful service they provide.”
The Valentine’s Day visit to clients resulted in the same reaction; gratefulness and sincere thanks from simple, proud and gentle people with a generosity of spirit and a humble appreciation of not being forgotten. Ruben H said, “It means a lot to me, it’s a relief to have the food from Project Angel Food it’s prepared with love for people who really need it. I do not have any family or neighbors – you are my family and neighbors.” Priscilla A stated, “The food is good and delicious, exactly what I need. I found out about Project Angel Food from my social worker. I have lived in El Monte for fifty years and I appreciate the help the program gives me
Since 1989 Project Angel Food has prepared and delivered over 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.