On Thanksgiving Day, Project Angel Food will deliver 1,900 meals to critically ill people and their caregivers throughout Los Angeles County on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 26). More than 200 volunteer drivers will be picking up meals curbside at Project Angel Food’s kitchen and facilitating social-distanced deliveries to Project Angel Food clients who are often alone and isolated during the holidays.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this is a record-setting number of deliveries for Project Angel Food and involves massive amounts of coordination and resources underwritten by Amazon and the Amazon Original Movie Uncle Frank. Meals are provided by The Stanley & Joyce Black Family Foundation.

Project Angel Food Executive Director Richard Ayoub says, “Jill Black has been our Thanksgiving Angel for years, making sure that through The Stanley & Joyce Black Family Foundation; every Project Angel Food client gets served a traditional turkey dinner on this day of gratitude. Amazon, through their LGBTQ+ affinity group, Glamazon, and their Amazon Original Movie Uncle Frank, are new partners and their generosity has helped us underwrite the entire Thanksgiving Day delivery event, with special packaging and the increased operational overhead needed to prepare and deliver fresh meals to more people in need than ever before.”

Uncle Frank, which begins streaming on Thanksgiving Day, is set in 1973 and is the story of Frank Bledsoe (Paul Bettany) and his 18-year-old niece Beth (Sophia Lillis) who take a road trip from Manhattan to Creekville, South Carolina for the family patriarch’s funeral, and are unexpectedly joined by Frank’s lover Walid (Peter Macdissi).

Jill Black of The Stanley & Joyce Black Family Foundation says, “Project Angel Food teaches us the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Our Foundation has been a longtime supporter of Project Angel Food’s mission to feed people who suffer from life-altering illnesses in Los Angeles.”

Among the volunteers this Thanksgiving are some familiar faces; including new dads Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family) and Justin Mikita (producer), Megan Hilty (Smash), Charo (singer), Juan Pablo Di Pace (Dashing in December), Peter Porte (Dashing in December), Michael Nouri (Yellowstone), Loni Love (The Real), Lawrence Zarian (Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family), Gregory Zarian (West World), Laura Pierson (Amazing Race winner), and Courtney Nichole (BET’s Assisted Living), Stuart O’Keeffe (Celebrity Chef) and Lisa Foxx (104.3 MYFM/iHeart Radio).  Local elected officials will also join us; Mitch O’Farrell(L.A. Councilman), Lindsey Horvath(West Hollywood Mayor), John Erickson(West Hollywood Councilmember Elect), Sepi Shyne(West Hollywood Councilmember Elect).

Meals are designed by Project Angel Food Executive Chef John Gordon, working with the entire Project Angel Food kitchen team. A traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner is on the menu with turkey, roasted potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green peas, salad and pumpkin pie.

COVID-19 safety protocols take center stage this Thanksgiving at Project Angel Food. Only COVID-19 screened chefs are allowed in the kitchen.

  • Beginning at 8:00 a.m., 1900 meals are prepared and loaded into refrigerated Project Angel Food vans outdoors in the Project Angel Food parking lot.
  • Deliveries take place between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. with staggered shifts for volunteers and drivers to accommodate social distancing.
  • 200 volunteer drivers each have a pre-assigned route of 4-6 deliveries.
  • Drivers are assigned a specific pickup time to better coordinate the flow of matching the meals with the route.
  • Lanes on Vine Street and Barton Avenue have been closed to traffic to accommodate the Project Angel Food volunteer driver vehicle flow. This was made possible through the support of City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell.
  • When drivers approach the building, they are met by a Project Angel Food contact who checks them in and starts the process for a smooth match with their route and pickup of all meal delivery items.
  • A limited number of volunteer greeters (wearing masks and gloves) move the pre-arranged meals from the van to the driver and review the order.
  • The driver never leaves the car.
  • When meals are delivered, drivers stay a minimum of six feet from the clients. Although there is no physical contact; volunteers and clients do have the opportunity to connect. Because the holidays are especially isolating for those who are grappling with critical or terminal illness; this connection is as important as the meals themselves.

For the first time ever, Project Angel Food is collaborating with PATH and the formerly homeless individuals which whom they work, to provide 250 meals as part of Project Angel Food’s largest Thanksgiving delivery effort in its history.

Project Angel Food was established in 1989 in response to the AIDS crisis and provides medically-tailored meals to people who are living with life-threatening illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, etc. Because Project Angel Food clients are most vulnerable to COVID-19, or have COVID-19, the services have never been as vital as they are today. Pre-pandemic Project Angel Food served 1,500 people per day; that number has soared to 2,300 people per day – a 54% increase due to demand.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Adam Lambert, Sharon Stone, Matt Bomer, Elton John, Whoopi Goldberg, Jamie Lee Curtis, Susan Sarandon, Josh Groban, Kelly Clarkson, Lisa Rinna, Kristin Chenoweth, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes, Annie Lennox, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Billy Idol, Olivia Newton-John, Megan Hilty, and Sandra Lee and others have joined Project Angel Food’s COVID-19 relief efforts.



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