Sisters by Choice: Gail & Peggy’s Story

While sharing a table seems like a simple thing, it has the powerful, positive impact of building social connections, friendships – and even sisterhood. Gail (left) and Peggy met at the Project Open Hand senior lunch site in the Castro … Continue reading

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Boost your immune system with antioxidants

by Kristi Friesen, Registered Dietitian, Project Open Hand Antioxidants are powerful compounds in our foods that keep our immune systems working strong. Many natural cellular processes in our bodies create waste, some of which form free radicals. If these highly … Continue reading

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Chef Nikki’s Quinoa Chaufa Recipe

Quinoa Chaufa combines the Chinese technique of stir frying with the Peruvian ingredient quinoa. Chaufas developed as a result of the influx of Chinese immigrants in Peru. Serves 4 Ingredients: 2 cups Quinoa 4 cups liquid (water, vegetable stock, or … Continue reading

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Meet Co-CEOs Simon Pitchford and Mark Ryle

As announced this spring, Simon Pitchford and Mark Ryle were appointed by the Project Open Hand Board of Directors to lead our organization as co-Chief Executive Officers, starting on April 4, 2015. Their appointment follows the departure of prior Executive … Continue reading

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Patricia’s Story: “I Won’t Give Up”

You can see it in her smile. Although Patricia has been battling breast cancer since 1995, her optimism and her positive attitude remain undaunted. When Patricia’s breast cancer returned last year, Project Open Hand joined in her battle, providing healthy groceries … Continue reading

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Community Building in the East Bay

Project Open Hand was delighted to meet with Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf recently, joining our fellow members of the HIV Contractors Coalition of Alameda County on a visit to City Hall. The group encouraged Mayor Schaaf (center, in blue shirt) to … Continue reading

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Senior breakfasts get more egg-cellent!

The best days begin with a fresh, healthy breakfast. This is especially true for our senior neighbors. So last month, we introduced new, healthier breakfasts for seniors at the Curry Senior Center. For years, we have provided breakfast at Curry … Continue reading

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Taste of the City Photos

Wow! What a great night at we had together at Taste of the City. Thanks to everyone who made our first-ever Taste of the City gala an amazing success all around. The funds we rasied will enable Project Open Hand to … Continue reading

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Chick-pea Salad Recipe

If you like chick peas, you will love this recipe by Kalyn Yang of our Young Professionals Council. Ingredients: 1 can of chick peas, drained and rinsed 1/2 cup diced celery 1/2 cup diced carrots 1/4 cup sliced green onions … Continue reading

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Chef Nikki’s Raw Kale Salad Recipe

This is a very simple recipe for a delicious kale salad that I learned from a local raw foods chef. It was one of my staple menu items when I was a private chef for a Bay Area yoga retreat. Every … Continue reading

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