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Project Open Hand
Last updated on April 7, 2017


Whether our clients receive home-delivered meals, pick up food at our grocery center, or enjoy meals in our senior dining rooms, Project Open Hand provides food with love, a friendly face, and a sense of community which can lead to better health.

Every day, in the heart of the Tenderloin, we prepare 2,500 nutritious meals and provide 200 bags of healthy groceries to help sustain our clients as they battle serious illnesses, isolation, or the health challenges of old age.
Our food is love, and food is medicine. It helps our clients recover from illness, get stronger, and live healthier lives.
Serving as a first responder during the height of the AIDS crisis, Project Open Hand is an anchor point for the community. We have never missed a day of serving meals with love, and we've just served our 19 millionth meal total!

Project Open Hand was founded in San Francisco in 1985 at a time when the city found itself at ground zero of a frightening and devastating epidemic called AIDS. While many felt helpless as they witnessed the disease claim friends, a retired food service worker named Ruth Brinker felt something needed to be done. Ruth prepared meals with love in her kitchen and delivered them to seven neighbors with AIDS who were far too ill to cook for themselves. Today Project Open Hand has expanded its services beyond AIDS/HIV to include serving those with critical illnesses such as breast cancer, diabetes, as well as seniors fighting hunger.
Ruth's vision of "meals with love" is still alive today and remains the motivating force behind all that Project Open Hand does as first responders for the critically ill and elderly.

Contact person: Laura Fisher, Volunteer Manager, (phone), (email)

Main office number: 415-447-2300

 730 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
This location is NOT handicap accessible
(See a map)

Web Site: http://www.openhand.org

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Last updated on April 7, 2017

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I volunteered for Project Open Hand's volunteer appreciation "Sock Hop"!

Not only does Project Open Hand provide invaluable "nutrition with compassion" for well over 3,000 people who have limited social services available to them and are in need of comfort; POH also takes good care of their hundreds of volunteers who are integral to providing these services.

I was fortunate to meet many of these volunteers at Project Open Hand's annual volunteer appreciation party. The theme this year was a Sock Hop. What fun!

I volunteered to help serve food (mini burgers, mini grilled cheese with tomato soup cups and lots of other goodies) while other event volunteers served rootbeer floats - true soda-jerk fashion, adult bevies and/or engaged the crowd in good Fifties style fun.

I will absolutely support this event again. Meanwhile I'm working on getting a crew of volunteers together from my place of work to support Project Open Hand's mission of providing sustenance coupled with compassion and respect.

posted by jilburn on April 25, 2007



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