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Mission Statement

Food on Foot is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the poor and homeless of Los Angeles with nutritious meals, clothing, and assistance in the transition to employment and life off the streets.


Food on Foot operates a weekly meal program every Sunday afternoon in Hollywood. Volunteers need to arrive no later than 3:15pm and the serving ends around 4:30pm.

Food on Foot began in March 1996 as one man's response to the hunger he witnessed among the poor and homeless of Hollywood. What initially began as the distribution of meals from the trunk of a car has grown through the dedication of its volunteers and now serves more than 200 meals every Sunday, rain or shine, to homeless, disabled, elderly and low-income adults and children.

In 1999, we began recruiting volunteers from among the homeless to engage in trash pickup in Hollywood. Each participant is given two large garbage bags to fill with trash collected in our target areas, and in return, receive $10 in food gift cards and a chicken dinner with healthy snacks.

Today our Work for Food program helps approximately 20 individuals earn meals and food gift cards each week. We also provide them the resources necessary to get the job done - supplies, bus tokens for transportation and phone cards for communication. Most of these individuals are without stable shelter, are actively battling substance abuse or other handicaps, and are not ready for regular employment. But our hope is to gain their trust over time so that we can assist them with their needs, slowly build their confidence so that they can contribute to the community, and prepare them for a transition back into society.

Once individuals participate in Work for Food for approximately two months and demonstrate reliable work habits, these men and women can join a team of workers that clean local shopping centers and other areas in Hollywood during the week in exchange for additional food gift cards. The long-term goal is to find outside full-time job opportunities in the business community for our Work for Food graduates. Work for Food involvement, which can last from a few weeks to a few months depending upon the individual, gives those participating the confidence they so desperately need to become productive members of society again and leave life on the streets.

Food on Foot has served the same meal at the same location at the same time for many, many years. Consistency breeds trust, trust breeds confidence. And that's what Food on Foot is all about! Please consider getting involved in this unique and personal response to hunger in Los Angeles. You too can make a difference.


Average Review 7 reviews

Would you recommend Food on Foot?

by Cori V. (December 2, 2008)
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.
by Danielle K. from CA (November 12, 2008)
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.
by Robin T. (November 12, 2008)
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!
by Rachel R. (November 13, 2008)
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.
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