Marianne Williamson, author and Project Angel Food founder; Pauley Perrette, actress on “NCIS” and Project Angel Food trustee; Sandra Lee, Emmy-winning TV host; Rufus Wainwright, 2021 Grammy nominee; and Project Angel Food’s Executive Director Richard Ayoub came together on June 3 in Hollywood to celebrate the delivery of Project Angel Food’s 14 millionth meal.
“Fourteen million meals is an extraordinary achievement,” Williamson said. “Project Angel Food has been a journey. It’s difficult to change an organization after it’s gotten started, but in the case of Project Angel Food, that’s good news. Every generation of leadership has carried forward this spirit [and] has truly imbibed the mission. This is about showing up with love.”
“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we ramped up bigger and faster than ever before,” Ayoub added. “I never imagined we’d be celebrating at this time. And how beautiful and what amazing divine choreography it is that we are doing it while we are also marking the 40th anniversary of the first reporting of AIDS by the CDC.”
The program opened with Rufus Wainwright performing a moving rendition of “Over the Rainbow” from his upcoming streaming event “Rufus Does Judy at Capitol Studios” on June 10. Williamson dedicated the 14 millionth meal, which was presented to Richard Eshoo, a client since 1994 who is living with HIV.
“I learned one thing from Project Angel Food – and it’s called unconditional love,” Eshoo said as he received the milestone meal.
From its kitchen in Los Angeles, Project Angel Food provides medically tailored meals to 2,300 people per day who are living with life-threatening illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, diabetes and heart disease. The organization was founded in 1989 in response to the AIDS epidemic and today prepares and delivers over one million meals per year.
For information, visit angelfood.org.
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