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Founded in 1985, Project Open Hand is a nonprofit organization that provides meals with love to critically ill neighbors and seniors. Our food is like medicine, helping clients recover from illness, get stronger, and lead healthier lives. 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 aging. We serve San Francisco and Alameda Counties, engaging more than 125 volunteers every day to nourish our community. Mission Statement Project Open Hand’s mission is to nourish and engage our community by providing meals with love to the sick and the elderly Watch our 2.5-minute video, featuring our clients Carol, Eileen and Roger: Taste of the City 2017 from Project Open Hand on Vimeo. Learn more about Project Open Hand: In 2015, Project Open Hand provided 905,744 meals with love to seniors in our community and neighbors battling critical illness. Check out our FY 2014-15 infographic. Project Open Hand was founded in 1985 by Ruth Brinker. Read about our organization’s history. In 2014, Project Open Hand began our first-ever nutrition study in partnership with the UCSF School of Medicine. Read about our Food=Medicine Pilot Study. We have built an indoor greenhouse in our building in San Francisco. Read about our Room to Grow greenhouse.

Alameda County

1921 San Pablo Avenue
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 622-0221
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San Francisco

730 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 447-2300
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