Food on Foot is a nonprofit dedicated to assisting our homeless and low-income neighbors in Los Angeles with nutritious meals, clothing, and a fresh start through a life-skills education, full-time employment, and permanent housing. Read more
Food on Foot is a nonprofit dedicated to assisting our homeless and low-income neighbors in Los Angeles with nutritious meals, clothing, and a fresh start through a life-skills education, full-time employment, and permanent housing.
Food on Foot operates a weekly meal program every Sunday afternoon in Hollywood. Volunteers need to arrive at 3:15pm and the serving ends around 5:15pm.
In 1996, Food on Foot’s founder, Jay Goldinger, began helping our homeless neighbors by serving chicken dinners out of the trunk of his car right outside the Hollywood Post Office. He soon realized that food wasn’t the solution to homelessness. The underlying factors causing the homeless epidemic are a lack of confidence, resources, and community. In 1999, Jay tackled this issue head-on by creating the Work for Food program, designed to help homeless individuals regain their footing back into society through full-time jobs, housing, life-skills and confidence building. Since then, Food on Foot’s weekly Sunday Meal program and Work for Food program have taken place every single Sunday in the back parking lot of the LGBTCenter in Hollywood, rain or shine.
I volunteered with Food on Foot on Thanksgiving, and yes, I had to pay $100, but I can honestly say that being there was worth much more than that. I almost felt bad when I was leaving for the day, because I think I got more out of the experience than the people we actually helped. I look forwad to volunteering again at a regular Sunday serving with Food on Foot, which is actually only $20.
In my opinion, volunteering with FOF is one of the most fulfilling ways to spend a Sunday afternoon. You have a chance to experience first hand the enormity and possible scope of effect of your efforts on another individual's life. In return, volunteers walk away with a much greater understanding and different perspective on LA's homeless population. FOF brings hope to the people it serves, as well as the volunteers that serve it. I highly recommend seeing for yourself!
by Joyce L. from Los Angeles, CA
(November 12, 2008)
Volunteering with Food on Foot was one of the most rewarding experiences I've had. When you see the long lines of people in need gathered around to get food and clothing that FOF provides, it confirms that the hour and a half you take out of your day is more than worth it. Jay, the founder of Food on Foot, and his team rewards the homeless that partake in the program awards for their accomplishments throughout the week. The looks on their faces when you give them the award will make you come back week after week.
Volunteering with Food on Food was an amazing experience that I feel extremely privilaged to be a part of. This organization is amazing from the directors to the volunteers to the people they help and I can't wait to volunteer again!
Food on Foot is the only organization I've ever volunteered with where you, the volunteer, receive instant gratification. You are able to see on the spot the difference you are making in people's lives, and you can't put a price tag on that feeling.