Washington-Based Food & Friends Program Expands Outreach of Meals Delivery Through RWJF Faith in Action Initiative

From July 2001 until January 2004, staff of the Washington, D.C.-based Food & Friends recruited, trained and deployed volunteers to prepare and deliver food to people with HIV/AIDS, cancer, dementia and other life-challenging illnesses.

In 2003, the agency expanded its program to include children who were either seriously ill or whose parents were too ill to prepare meals.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) national program Faith in Action, Replication of the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers Program.

Key Results

  • From July 2001 through 2003, the Faith in Action component of Food & Friends worked with 900 volunteers to prepare and deliver food to almost 5,000 people with life-challenging illnesses.

  • From February 2003 to January 2004, Food & Friends staff and volunteers delivered 182,000 meals to more than 500 children.