Food on Foot

Rating: 5 stars   3 reviews

Issues: Human Services

Location: 9663 Santa Monica Blvd. #743 Beverly Hills CA 90210 USA

Mission: Since 1996, Food on Foot is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the homeless and poor of Los Angeles with nutritious meals, clothing, job opportunities, and assistance in the transition to employement and life off the streets.
Results: Here are just a few of our Work for Food crew members that have graduated the program.  These individuals are now working a full-time job, completely off of government assistance, and living in their very own apartment! • October 2006 – Sonia joined the maintenance crew at Whole Foods in Beverly Hills. • January 2007 – Kim D. joined the CPA firm Singer Lewak Greenbaum & Goldstein, LLP as a bookkeeper. • March 2007 – Haggit R. was hired at Ralphs as a grocery bagger and now runs the deli. • July 2007 – Ken D. began work as a Property Manager at an apartment complex in Glendale. • February 2008 – Danny G. joined the maintenance crew at an aircraft parts company in Inglewood. • March 2008 – Deborah S. began work as a cashier at Food 4 Less in Hollywood. • July 2008 – Paul M. was hired at Martin Motors in Los Angeles washing cars. • November 2008 – Paul D. was hired at the Law Offices of Jeffrey Sax in Downtown LA as a clerk. • December 2008 – Walter P., after 10 years of homelessness, was promoted to Head of Client Relations for Food on Foot.
Target demographics: Homeless, disabled, elderly and low income men, women and children in the Los Angeles area.
Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2008, FOF served over 10,200 meals!
Geographic areas served: Hollywood, CA

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Rating: 5 stars  

Food on Foot is a grassroots organization that directly helps the poor and homeless. They go way beyond serving food and donating clothes. They actively seek employers for their work crew who are ready to 'graduate' to more independent living--off the streets! Everything that's donated--money, food gift cards, sleeping bags, clothes--goes directly to the people they serve.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen how many people rely on the services of Food on Foot each week. Sadly, more and more now.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would wave my magic wand and make the 500 loaves of bread multiply into 10,000 so they could feed even more hungry people.

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Rating: 5 stars  

24 people found this review helpful

I have been volunteering with Food on Foot for over a year and it is the highlight of my week. I started going once a month, and the experience is so rewarding and meaningful, I now look forward to this rich experience, and go every week. I have watched members from the line to receive food enter the work program to collect trash, and then move their way up to full time employment and being self sufficient in their own apartments. And these graduates keep coming back voluntarily to share their stories and to provide hope and courage to others who seem lost. This grassroots program is no-nonsense and has been successfully running for 14 years based on volunteers who pay to help fund the program and roll up their sleeves to serve food to 200 homeless people in a parking lot. What is so refreshing is that there is no wasteful use of time or money in this highly effective program.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the graduates who move up in the work for food program and gain confidence, financial independence and security, and happiness in their lives from this program.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

look to even further gain exposure for this great program- perhaps celebrity endorsement.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the hands-on experience and true joy from the smiles on the faces, the appreciation, from those in need.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all types of people who are either transplants or native to LA, all ages (from students to retirees) including children, all lines of work (including unemployed volunteers who want to give back).

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

open up its own facility (we currently volunteer in a parking lot) and help even more of those in need.

Ways to make it better...

the program could expand to help even more people. This can be achieved through more donors and more volunteers.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the economy will create even more of a need for additional volunteers and funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this is the best experience of my week. It really makes me appreciate things, keeps me grounded when life seems too stressful, and inspires me to witness those who work from losing everything to getting their lives and their families back.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

27 people found this review helpful

Food on Foot is one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. It is not the same to just give a monetary donation as it is with my weekly attendance to serve and support those who want to get back to being a productive member of society. As a regular volunteer I can interact with not only those already enrolled in the work for food program but I can personally encourage those in line for food to come and enroll as well. It is very gratifiyng to see those who stck with it graduate back into the working population.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

more than one way.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the faces on those who get recognized for their extra effort on the work crew.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

were very committed and supportive of the program.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build a permanent facility so we could help people 365 days a year.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

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