In early 2000, following Ruth Brinker’s vision of “nutrition with compassion,” Project Open Hand expanded its mission of providing “meals with love” to include other people who are incapacitated and in need. We now deliver hot, nutritious meals to anyone under 60 years of age, who is homebound due to critical physical illness or medical condition. That means that people who are living with life threatening illness , are experiencing an acute exacerbation of a chronic illness, or are recovering from recent surgery, and cannot shop or cook for themselves can now receive daily meals from Project Open Hand.
Project Open Hand provides nutritious meals to improve the quality of life for the men, women and children we serve. For our HIV/AIDS and Homebound/Critically Ill Clients, we prepare hot, home-delivered meals seven days a week. If our clients prefer, we provide the option of receiving delivery of frozen meals, which clients can heat up and eat when they choose.
Project Open Hand’s chefs and dietitians create a menu of delicious and nutritious meals to meet our clients needs. In addition to a regular menu, the chefs also prepare special menus for those with special dietary needs, including vegetarian, low-fat and pureed meals.
Project Open Hand’s meals are delivered to clients’ homes by a corps of 800 dedicated volunteers who provide a hot meal and a warm smile to thousands of people in need, every day of the year. We also try to make birthdays and holidays a little more special by providing a birthday cake to our clients on their special day, and extra treats on the holidays.
San Francisco residents
Please call the Client Services Hotline at (800) 551-6325 or 415-447-2326 to speak with a case worker.
Alameda County residents
Please call Client Services at (510) 622-0221 to speak with a case worker.
Eligibility Forms/Certification for Services
Please print this packet and have your doctor fill it out and fax or mail to us. After we have received these forms completed and signed by your physician, we will contact you to do a phone intake.