Project Angel Food is closely monitoring the progress of COVID-19 by staying informed about the latest updates from the CDC and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Since the outbreak we have arranged for as many employees as possible to work from home, suspended kitchen volunteers, hired out-of-work restaurant chefs, increased the frequency of cleaning crews in our offices, equipped drivers with masks and gloves, and mandated social-distancing throughout our headquarters at 922 Vine Street. We are also keeping in mind our clients’ emotional well-being and have initiated a new client outreach program called Telephone Angeles.
As we continue to innovate and improve our response to the pandemic, we wanted to share the latest actions we’re taking to ensure the uninterrupted fulfillment of our mission to prepare and deliver healthy meals to people impacted by serious illness, bringing comfort and hope every day.
Project Angel Food’s kitchen has always had the highest standards, but in addition to requiring temperature checks and masks for all of our kitchen staff, we have installed Plexiglass sneeze guards between each of our chefs’ work stations. Our chefs and our clients can rest easy knowing that we are exercising an abundance of caution as we prepare lifesaving meals.
We are also happy to report that our many volunteers, who have been placed on temporary hiatus from the kitchen, are finding new ways to help by participating in the Telephone Angels program and returning to delivering meals to clients. We plan to grow both programs in the coming months and continue to welcome back our many dedicated volunteers.
Volunteer Gina has been making calls to clients who have let us know that having someone to talk to would bring them a greater sense of security and connection. She’s helping Project Angel Food deliver comfort and hope, in addition to nutritious food, to new clients like Polly and Diane. Both clients have only good things to say about Telephone Angels and appreciate that we’re taking the time to check in.
Longtime volunteers Bert Champagne and Robin Bram were thrilled to return to volunteer service by delivering meals to clients. You can’t see their smiling faces behind their masks in the image above, but they were more than happy to wear the masks and gloves that are now required to safely deliver meals. Bert and Robin are 2 of 35 volunteers that are now helping to support our delivery team; reaching 10 clients on each of their routes.
All of our response efforts are driven by our investment in limiting exposure for our team members, volunteers, and our clients who are most susceptible to COVID-19.
You can help us continue innovating and bringing health and happiness to our most vulnerable neighbors by donating today at www.angelfood.org/covid19.