Project Angel Food has been working to serve the needs of Southern California's most fragile residents for more than 30 years. But the recent orders to stay safer at home meant the organization had to cancel its fundraising events and look for new ways to operate.
Richard Ayoub, Executive Director of the nonprofit, tells Inside the Issues within three days of calling out for volunteers, they received 300 people asking to be a volunteer.
“Our phone lines were clogged up with people reaching out to help,” he said. “Los Angeles has never let us down.”
The organization provides meals to Los Angeles County residents who are facing a life threatening illness such as cancer, heart disease, lung disease, or HIV, or people on dialysis. Ayoub said the COVID-19 pandemic has increased by 350 people, on top of their regular 1,600.
“These are people who are most susceptible to contracting the coronavirus. They’re the ones you want to protect and keep in their homes and they’re the ones you want to bring the food to and make sure that they know they’re not forgotten,” he said.
Some Project Angel Food volunteers are also a part of their new service called “Telephone Angel,” calling and chatting with clients who may be in need of a human connection.
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