What they do: God’s Love We Deliver understands the need for delicious and nutritious meals especially when living with a life-altering illness. They provide home-delivered meals, grocery bags, nutrition counseling and more to individuals living with life-altering illnesses such as HIV/AIDS and cancer.
How they do it: Throughout the year, their Delivery drivers take their vans to the streets of the five boroughs of New York City and Newark and Hudson County in New Jersey. Come rain or shine, August heat or January cold, drivers knock on six hundred doors every day. Behind those doors are single clients, clients living in the same home with other clients, clients living with their caregivers or dependent children or one of more than fifty distribution centers where volunteers take food the final blocks to a client’s door.
Mission: “To improve the health and well-being of men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses by alleviating hunger and malnutrition. We prepare and deliver nutritious, high-quality meals to people who, because of their illness, are unable to provide or prepare meals for themselves. We also provide illness-specific nutrition education and counseling to our clients, families, care providers and other service organizations.”
Latest project/campaign: God’s Love We Deliver is currently working to promote an initiative called “Give Up, Give Back,” which calls individuals to give $20 a month or more to the organization. This money will be used to purchase nutritious meals for individuals who desperately need help. “Give Up, Give Back” works to remind individuals that a small change in lifestyle, such as forgoing two coffees a month, can make a huge difference in the life of someone else.
Major Funding: Private funding: 65 percent; government funding: 35 percent
Annual budget: $13 million
Interesting fact about how they are working to positively affect the food system: If you lined up all of the meals that God’s Love has cooked and delivered in our 31 year history, the line would stretch all the way from NYC to Key West, Florida!
Core Programs: Home Delivered Meals, Children’s Meals, Senior Caregiver Program, HIV/AIDS Grocery Bag Program, Community Partners Program, Cancer Program
Number of staff: 94
Number of volunteers: 10,000
Areas served: All five boroughs and Newark and Hudson County in New Jersey
Year started: 1985
Director: Karen Pearl
Photo credit: Gerald Cotiangco