At Feeding America, 98% of all donations raised go directly into programs and services for people in need. The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks, pantries and meal programs serves virtually every community in the United States—more than 46 million people including 12 million children and 7 million seniors. The Feeding America network provides over 4 billion meals to 1 in 8 Americans in need of healthy foods to help them live more secure and stable lives. To learn more please visit: www.feedingamerica.org.
Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego, Inc. started in 1960, and has served area seniors for 50 years. The mission of Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego, Inc. is to support the independence and well-being of seniors. A private, not-for-profit corporation, Meals-on-Wheels San Diego strives to keep seniors independent in their own homes by delivering meals to those who are unable to adequately meet their own nutritional needs. Meals-on-Wheels is currently the only organization in the area home-delivering two meals a day, for seven days a week (including holidays), and providing modified diets to seniors, age 60 and older, throughout San Diego County. To learn more please visit: www.meals-on-wheels.org.
New Eyes for the Needy is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded in 1932 to improve the vision of the poor. New Eyes operates primarily through volunteer efforts and is overseen by a Board of Trustees. The eyeglass recycling programs, including the sorting, testing and packaging of used glasses, are operated by hundreds of adult and student volunteers. To learn more please visit: www.new-eyes.org.
AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) began in 1982, around the same time that Louise was first learning about the disease. Serving over 10,000 men, women and children, APLA is considered one of the oldest and largest AIDS service organizations in America. Services include prevention education, a food bank, professional dental care, housing assistance, mental health counseling, women’s services and case management. APLA is a leader in the provision of bilingual HIV treatment information, in print and on the Internet, and advocates for effective AIDS-related policies and legislation on the local, state and federal level. Only 5% of funds raised for APLA go toward administrative costs. To learn more please visit: www.apla.org.
Mama’s Kitchen is a San Diego based home meal delivery service for those affected by HIV/AIDS. It was founded in 1990 when volunteers from the AIDS Assistance Fund discovered that people with AIDS were dying from the complications of malnutrition long before their immune systems were overcome by AIDS-related infections. They realized that a home meal delivery service was needed for low-income people who were too ill, isolated or emotionally devastated to help themselves. Thus, Mama’s Kitchen began delivering nourishing meals to the homes of impoverished residents of San Diego County affected by AIDS and HIV. Currently, Mama’s Kitchen prepares and delivers three meals a day, every day of the year, to the men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS in San Diego County. Additionally, they recently expanded services to include a food pantry, called “Mama’s Pantry”, which is ideal for clients that are not homebound. To learn more please visit: www.mamaskitchen.org.
It is my birthright to live fully and freely.
I feel tolerance, compassion, and love for all people, myself included.
There is plenty for everyone, and we bless and prosper each other.
I allow my love to flow freely. It gives me joy to take care of myself and others.
We are all family, and the planet is our home.