Project Open Hand is a nonprofit organization that provides meals with love to seniors and the critically ill. Every day, 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. We serve San Francisco and Alameda Counties, engaging more than 125 volunteers every day to nourish our community.

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Project Open Hand was founded in 1985 by Ruth Brinker.  Read about our organization’s history.

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Project Open Hand’s mission is to nourish and engage our community by providing meals with love to the sick and the elderly. Every day, thousands of people in the Bay Area are battling serious, life-threatening illnesses. And every day, Project Open Hand is there for them – providing healthy, nourishing meals with love. Accessing healthy food is critical for people who are too sick or frail to shop and cook for themselves.

We also provide hot, nutritious meals for seniors to help them tackle the health challenges of old age. Good nutrition enables our clients to better manage the symptoms of disease, mitigate the side effects of treatment, and can speed recovery. Our registered dietitian supports and counsels our clients to help them feel better by eating right. In addition to providing life-sustaining food to our clients, Project Open Hand nourishes our entire community by engaging thousands of volunteers and donors, as well as dozens of local companies, in the important work of feeding neighbors in need. GreatNonprofits2013BadgeProject Open Hand has been honored with a prestigious 2013 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits.org, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations. BestoftheBay2013Winner Thanks to everyone who voted for us in the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s Best of the Bay Readers’ Poll. We were named “Best Nonprofit” in the Bay Area for 2013! Do you have questions about Project Open Hand? Call (415) 447-2300.  To contact a particular department, visit our staff/department directory.

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