Founded in 1989, Project Angel Food cooks and delivers over 600,000 nutritious meals each year, free of charge, to the homes of men, women, and children affected by lifethreatening illnesses. Its medically tailored meals and nutritional counseling services help chronically and terminally ill people throughout Los Angeles County who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Project Angel Food’s team is continuing to feed its ongoing clientele of over 1,400 people, while also managing an increased demand of an additional 600 people per day. Its team of nutritionists developed emergency food kits to meet each client’s complex medical conditions, ensuring food is nutritious even with COVID19 supply chain disruptions. Contributions towards its COVID-19 response will support emergency meals, health and safety provisions and measures, additional personnel capacity, and its home delivery meal operation.
Founded in 2001, Sharsheret is the only national organization supporting Jewish women and their families facing breast and ovarian cancer through culturally-relevant individualized connections with networks of peers and health professionals.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant health and mental health impact on Sharsheret clients in LA and across the nation, clients who are immunocompromised and therefore at high risk. Due to self-isolation from friends and family, they are experiencing extreme levels of loneliness. To address the physical and mental health challenges of women impacted by cancer, Sharsheret social workers and genetic counselors have increased their time on the phone providing mental health support, and Sharsheret began offering a bi-weekly webinar series on a range of topics.
Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center is one of the few Jewish organizations to create community and an access point for young Jewish families and professionals living on the east side of LA. During the pandemic, in addition to shifting its early education programs online, it began hosting weekly food pickups for the neighborhood and a program of virtual check-ins between young adults and seniors to combat social isolation.
Founded in 2010 by a group of university students, Swipe Out Hunger is a leading nonprofit addressing hunger among college students. It provides practical and innovative solutions to campus hunger, including its flagship program, where students with extra dining hall meal swipes can donate them to their peers.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, studies found that an estimated 45% of college students across the country had experienced food insecurity in the last 30 days, and that over 700 college campuses had opened food pantries. When colleges and universities shut down their campuses, food-insecure students faced new challenges: they can no longer rely on programs where other students donate extra meal swipes to them, and campus food pantries are closed or operating at limited capacity. To address this issue, Swipe Out Hunger created the Peer Navigator Network. The Network is a national initiative that connects student case managers with students who are hungry. The case managers speak to students and assist them in signing up for benefits, particularly SNAP, so that students have a dependable source of meals. The case managers help to navigate the complicated process of accessing benefits, while destigmatizing the issue. They also speak to students to understand their needs (e.g., mental health or housing concerns) and refer them to specialists who can assist them.
The Miracle Project provides individuals with autism and other disabilities with the tools to build communication, social skills, Jewish identity, community, and self-esteem through theatre, film, and expressive arts programs. The Miracle Project is a critical resource for building the self-sufficiency and quality of life of young adults with disabilities and has continued to work with its clients, helping them navigate this time of remote learning and social distancing.
theatre dybbuk is a vital community resource that engages a wide audience through its contemporary theatrical productions inspired by Jewish traditions and leadership trainings for Jewish leaders and educators. While the pandemic has halted live performances, theatre dybbuk continues to train educators and engage the community through its podcast.
Founded in 1977, Tomchei Shabbos aims to alleviate challenges facing families living an observant life in Greater Los Angeles, with a focus on the Orthodox Jewish community. Emphasizing dignity and discretion, its programs include a food bank, job-link program, financial counseling, and basic needs provisions such as clothing, diapers, furniture and more.
Tomchei Shabbos has seen a 400% increase in demand for kosher food since the pandemic began. A number of people who previously did not need food assistance have reached out to Tomchei Shabbos due to job and business loss, including people who were formerly donors to the organization. It is expanding its services to reach more families, offering kosher food, dry goods, diapers, Shabbat meals, and clothes and toys to families who are thoroughly vetted.
USC Hillel is an important support system and point of entry into Jewish life for young adults at USC. Through its innovative mental health programming, it has continued to ensure students have resources to connect and engage in Jewish life throughout the pandemic.
Founded in 1970, Venice Family Clinic provides affordable health care for those who live in poverty through a network of 12 clinical locations providing comprehensive health care services. Its services provided include: medical, mental health, wellness, health promotion and education, case management, chronic disease management, prenatal care, dental, vision care, and early childhood development programs.
.During the COVID-19 pandemic, the clinic is providing on-site testing with a particular focus on testing for people experiencing homelessness, it has transitioned 65% of medical visits online; it is distributing food to hundreds of people weekly, and it is preparing for a surge by training staff, and planning for increased space and equipment needs.
Project Angel FoodVulnerable Populations
Silverlake Independent Jewish Community CenterArts & Culture
Swipe Out HungerPeer Navigator NetworkVulnerable Populations
The Miracle ProjectSpecial Needs
theatre dybbukArts & Culture
Touch of Kindess (dba Tomchei Shabbos)Vulnerable Populations
USC HillelNext Gen Engagement
Venice Family ClinicVulnerable Populations