If you've volunteered with Project Angel Food, or you've participated in its food-delivery program, or you've donated money or raised awareness, you likely know that over 10 million meals have been delivered to Southern California residents since 1989.
It's just a huge deal on every measurable scale, and brimming with heart in all of the essential, unmeasurable ways. And as it heads into the final years of its third decade, Project Angel Food continues to serve its important mission, which is providing "FREE nutritious meals delivered daily for homebound individuals around Los Angeles suffering from serious illness."
Some 10,000 meals a week are made and delivered, and all foodstuffs, and their prep, are supported through donations and fundraising. And one of the biggest fundraisers on the Project Angel Food calendar involves a host of restaurants, eateries that donate a portion of a day's proceeds to helping those living in Southern California "who are too sick to shop and cook for themselves."
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These meals are often created with the specific medical needs of the recipient in mind, and "nutritional counseling" is part of the widespread program.
It's important, it's soon, and it's called Eat. Drink. Be an Angel Day. Some 65 restaurants are on board for the Wednesday, April 20 event, and each will "donate a portion of sales that day" to Project Angel Food.
The 2016 restaurants include Redbird, the Hugo's Restaurants around town, WeHo Bistro, Off Vine, and several others. The whole list is here.
If going out to eat on April 20 isn't in the cards for you, consider ordering from Postmates, which is donating 10 percent of its proceeds that day to the organization.
Or ponder joining up as volunteer with Project Angel Food, which needs and values helping hands throughout the year. Over 3,600 Angelenos give their time to helping their neighbors through cooking, prepping, gardening, and the many essential tasks that need doing each and every day.