About Food on Foot
Food on Foot is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the poor and homeless of Los Angeles with nutritious meals, clothing, and assistance in the transition to employment and life off the streets.
Food on Foot operates a weekly meal program every Sunday in Hollywood. Food on Foot began in March 1996 as one man's response to the hunger he witnessed among the poor and homeless of Hollywood. What initially began as the distribution of meals from the trunk of a car has grown through the dedication of its volunteers and now serves more than 200 meals each week to homeless, disabled, elderly and low-income adults and children.
While the meal program was well received among our hungry clients, we also wondered if there was more we could do to increase food security in the area. In 1999, we began recruiting volunteers from among the homeless to engage in trash pickup in Hollywood. Each participant is given two large garbage bags to fill with trash collected in our target areas, and in return, receive $10 in food gift cards and a chicken dinner with healthy snacks.
Once individuals participate in Work for Food for approximately two months and demonstrate reliable work habits, these men and women can join a team of workers that clean local shopping centers and other areas in Hollywood during the week in exchange for additional food gift cards. The long-term goal is to find outside full-time job opportunities in the business community for our Work for Food graduates. Work for Food involvement, which can last from a few weeks to a few months depending upon the individual, gives those participating the confidence they so desperately need to become productive members of society again and leave life on the streets.
Our Christmas Serving
On the Sunday prior to Christmas, December 22, 2013, over 700 of Hollywood's poor and homeless residents will line up to receive a free chicken dinner, a sleeping bag, and a bag of bus tokens. Due to the fact that Food on Foot does not accept government funding, we rely entirely on private donations. The Christmas serving will cost us approximately $25,000 and we need your help. Your donations will help us to fund this incredible holiday serving without having to dip into our general fund and impacting our weekly servings or Work for Food program.
Because of our very limited overhead, you can be assured that your donations are going directly into helping the homeless. The funds raised will be used to purchase the food, sleeping bags and bus tokens that our clients so desperately need. Please help us to reach this goal. All donations are greatly appreciated.
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