Wells Fargo is no stranger to Project Angel Food—we received our first grant from their foundation less than 4 years after we opened our doors in 1989 in the midst of the AIDS crisis—but we were nonetheless delightfully astounded when they shared the good news that they were awarding a $100,000 grant to support our response to COVID-19.
Executive Director Richard Ayoub was thrilled by the news and commented that, “Our biggest grant to date from Wells Fargo could not have come at a better time as we are working to not only continue service in the face of the many obstacles presented by COVID-19, but also to onboard 400 new clients who are exceptionally vulnerable during this current crisis.”
Wells Fargo has contributed nearly $2.3 million to Project Angel Food since their first gift in 1993. They purchased ad space in our first annual Angel Awards publication in 1994, sponsored tables at every single Angel Awards event since, participated in Bowling for Angels regularly since 2011, and were a driving force behind our Divine Design fundraising event between 1994 and 2014.
In addition to Wells Fargo’s steadfast support at our own events, they have also named us the charity partner for an upcoming Billy Harris Dinner Series event on May 2nd featuring Wolfgang Puck at Spago. Tickets for this unique experience, where Wolfgang Puck will guide you through the preparation of a gourmet meal and Billy Harris will supply engaging dinner conversation via Zoom, are still available and may be purchased here.
Wells Fargo has also had a huge impact in our kitchen as their team members have collectively donated more than 2,000 hours of labor towards medically tailored meal preparation. Not too long ago* Wells Fargo Senior Vice President and Community Relations Senior Manager Gregg Sherkin volunteered to deliver meals and had a chance to see firsthand how their support nourishes our clients both body and soul. “Project Angel Food plays a vital role in providing meals and encouragement to our community’s most vulnerable. I am proud to continue our longstanding relationship during this critical time and help ensure everyone has the sustenance they need.”
Quite simply, we could not do what we do without partners like Wells Fargo who are all in, all the time. Their $100,000 grant is helping us fund 3 weeks of shelf stable meals for our clients (in the event we cannot make deliveries), hire out of work restaurant chefs during our temporary volunteer suspension, and provide hygiene kits including masks and hand sanitizer to all clients.
If you’d like to join Wells Fargo in supporting the essential services we provide to our vulnerable neighbors, please donate at www.angelfood.org/covid19.