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Stars Turn Out to Help Project Angel Food on Thanksgiving

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LOS ANGELES — Stars giving back became a theme, as the Hollywood community were among the 80 volunteers joining Project Angel Food Executive Director Richard Ayoub, preparing and delivering 1,780 traditional Thanksgiving meals to people living with life-threating illnesses in the Project Angel Food kitchen on Thanksgiving morning,

The kitchen doors opened at 5:30 a.m. and meals were prepared and delivered to Project Angel Food clients throughout Los Angeles with KTLA’s Gayle Anderson providing updates throughout the day.

Celebrities rolling up their sleeves and pitching in include: Dancing with the Stars alumni Charo and Marissa Jaret Winokur, Comic/Singer Weird Al Yankovic, his wife Suzanne and their daughter Nina, Sufe Bradshaw (Veep), Jaicy Elliott (Greys Anatomy), Josh Flagg (Million Dollar Listing), Lisa Foxx (iHeart Radio), Jami HeideggerVictoria Konefal (Days of our Lives), Laura Pierson (Amazing Race winner), Peter Porte (Hallmark Channel’s A Gift to Remember 2), David Ryu (Los Angeles City Council), Natalia Safran (Aquaman, Annabelle), Lawrence Zarian (Home & Family).

1,780 Thanksgiving meals were prepared and delivered to clients and their caregivers. 1,100 of those were traditional Thanksgiving feasts with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans and gravy. However, since some clients are on restricted diets, 580 alternative meals and 100 vegetarian meals were included. In addition, the kitchen prepared 1,100 full pumpkin cheesecakes and 580 skinny apple pies.

Thanksgiving meals are generously underwritten by the Stanley an Joyce Black Family Foundation.

Project Angel Food Mission: Project Angel Food prepares and delivers healthy meals to feed people impacted by serious illness, bringing comfort and hope every day.

About Project Angel Food: Since its inception thirty years ago, Project Angel Food has prepared and delivered

12 million meals – currently 15,000 per week – free of charge to men, women and children living with critical illnesses. Project Angel Food has expanded its initial mission from serving people living with HIV/AIDS to include medically tailored meals, prepared by the staff and volunteers, for those combatting cancer, kidney failure, diabetes and congestive heart disease. The mission has always remained intact, to feed and nourish the sick, through delivering healthy nutritious meals throughout 4,400 square miles of Los Angeles County. More than 98% of Project Angel Food clients are living at or below the poverty level, and Project Angel Food is their lifeline, filling a vital need in all communities. The client demographics are testimony to this, 38% Latino27% African-American, 24% Caucasian, 6% Asian/Pacific Islander1% Native American and 4% Multicultural.

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