Project Angel Food is one of seven organizations that will be the inaugural recipients of a grant from the NORCAL Group Foundation, which is dedicated to improving healthcare in local communities. The funding is awarded for initiatives and programs that support any of three critical healthcare areas, patient care, patient safety and physician wellness.
Project Angel Food, the only non-profit in Southern California providing free meals and nutrition consultations for people living with critical illness received the grant to expand its services. The funding will help grow the program which currently serves more than 2,100 clients and delivers over 550,000 meals annually. Joy Corso, President of the NORCAL Group Foundation said, “We are extremely proud to support such worthy organizations and programs that enhance patient and physician wellness in our communities. NORCAL Mutual has a forty plus year legacy of giving and advocacy in the communities we serve, and the Foundation further strengthens our commitment and support of the healthcare community.”
Since 1989 Project Angel Food has prepared and delivered over 11 million meals – currently 11,000 per week – free of charge to men, women and children living with critical illnesses. Project Angel Food expanded its initial mission from serving people living with HIV/AIDS to include medically tailored meals, prepared by the staff and volunteers, for those combatting cancer, kidney failure, diabetes, congestive heart disease and other illnesses. The mission has always remained intact, to feed and nourish the sick, by delivering healthy, nutritious meals throughout 4,400 square miles of LA County. More than 97% of Project Angel Food clients are living below the poverty level, and Project Angel Food is their lifeline, filling a vital need in all communities. The client demographics are testimony to this, 37% Latino, 29% African-American, 22% Caucasian, 6% Asian/Pacific Islander, 1% Native American and 5% Multicultural.
The NORCAL Group Foundation was established in 2017 to support improving healthcare in local communities through grant giving focused on patient care, patient safety and physical wellness. The Foundation is a non-profit organization established by NORCAL Mutual Insurance Company.