In 2005, Angel’s Depot Founder and Executive Director Susan Hall learned that 50,000 San Diego County seniors live in poverty with inadequate aid to provide for their most basic needs. Ms. Hall, a seasoned nonprofit professional, founded The Angel’s Depot on July 17, 2005 with a mission to provide food for the elderly poor living in San Diego County and to help improve the quality of their lives. Through The Angel’s Depot, Ms. Hall promotes community awareness and support for impoverished seniors, and acts as a conduit to other available senior resources.
San Diego’s seniors in need are men and women who fought wars, paid taxes and built this country. They are also from a proud generation who find it difficult to ask for help and yet, struggle to maintain their dignity and independence.
To address this crisis, The Angel’s Depot created the “Senior Emergency Meal Box” Program, a unique, simple and efficient senior feeding strategy that engages the community in solving senior hunger. These free Senior Emergency Meal Boxes are specially formulated to meet the nutritional needs of seniors living with food insecurity and at-risk for malnutrition. Selected food items are high in protein, fiber and folates with moderate sugar.
Since 2006, The Angel’s Depot, with only a staff of 5.5 employees, has provided:
- 76,646 Senior Emergency Meal Boxes. Each meal box weighs 25 pounds and seniors say they last more than a week.
- Food for 1.613 Million Senior Meals. Each emergency box contains 21 meals with easily prepared food to make 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners and Snacks.
- 1.849 million pounds of specially-formulated food to meet the nutritional needs of seniors who are at-risk for malnutrition and live with the anxiety of food insecurity.. Our seniors routinely skip meals and doses of medicine; this program helps them survive between their Social Security checks.
- Food relief at no cost. The seniors we serve have an average income of $850 per month… they cannot afford Meals on Wheels or other programs that charge fees.
For more information about The Angel’s Depot and how you can help the more than 50,000 seniors in San Diego that live in poverty, visit www.theangelsdepot.org or call (760) 599-7093.