Project Angel Food, a philanthropic organization that cooks and serves nutritious meals to residents in Los Angeles who are battling critical illnesses, just celebrated serving nine million meals.

In addition to this accomplishment, the organization also celebrated its 25th anniversary. It was founded by Marianne Williamson in 1990 when the HIV/AIDS crisis came into the public eye.

Over the past 25 years, Project Angel Food has expanded to cook medically tailored meals for men and women who suffer from severe illnesses like cancer, renal failure, congestive heart failure and diabetes.

“It’s wonderful to participate in Project Angel Food’s 25th-anniversary celebration – to both remember what was, and help them usher in a new chapter in the life of the organization,” says Williamson.

Project Angel Food has done so well in recent years that they have partnered with the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a charitable organization that harnesses the collective power of the entertainment industry to raise awareness and funds for critical health, educational and social issues, to help accomplish their goals and mission.

This partnership has enlisted the aid of celebrities such as Eva Mendes, Alanis Morissette and Jane Lynch to help support both the organization and its mission.

“For nearly two decades, the Entertainment Industry Foundation has been honored to support Project Angel Food in its mission to provide essential nourishment to those battling critical illnesses, including people living with cancer,” said EIF President and CEO Lisa Paulsen. “Many of EIF’s health initiatives over that same period have focused on advancing cancer research to improve how the disease is treated. Supporting Project Angel Food has always been a wonderful complement to those efforts, enabling EIF to positively impact more than just one facet of patients’ journeys.”

With the support of EIF, Project Angel Food will be able to continue providing meals to those people with critical illness and make their lives just a little bit better.

Alysha Biemolt

Sources: Look to the Stars, Angel Food, Entertainment Industry Foundation
Photo: +Beryll

Freedom From Hunger
Established in 1946 for the purpose of ending hunger and malnutrition in developing nations, the nonprofit organization Freedom from Hunger was first known as “Meals for Millions.” What began as an operation to distribute nutrient-rich food supplement has evolved into a diverse organization that orchestrates malaria prevention, education, savings and credit programs.

Freedom from Hunger operates in 20 countries, all of which are classified as low- or middle-income. These countries include Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Madagascar, Mali, Mexico, Niger, Peru, Philippines, Senegal, Togo and Vietnam. From its inception, Freedom from Hunger has been an innovative player in the field of philanthropy. The food supplement they began distributing in the 1970s is still widely used today in developing countries.

By tackling the causes of hunger and not solely its symptoms, Freedom from Hunger has managed to not only treat the malady, but has also worked to prevent it entirely. Giving options to those at risk, including preventative healthcare measures, access to education, pathways to save money and lines of credit, allows individuals to escape hunger and potential impoverishment.

Freedom from Hunger is also unique in its focus on women. The organization believes that the resources they provide will do more for families when put in women’s hands. Empowering women has long been a key development strategy, but no humanitarian organization commits more to this vision than Freedom from Hunger.

Another tactic practiced by the organization is partnering with local organizations. Working with communities that share the organization’s goals allows Freedom from Hunger to use the cultural knowledge of local agencies to teach people the skills necessary to eliminate hunger and poverty.

Giving communities the “self-help” tools they need to control their futures makes Freedom from Hunger’s programs truly sustainable. In its nearly 70 years, Freedom from Hunger has changed millions of lives for the better. Its continued efforts abroad are sure to change millions more.

Elise L. Riley

Sources: Freedom From Hunger, GiveWell, Charity Navigator
Photo: Huffington Post