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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Human Services

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

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.