May 2, 2018: BEVERLY PRESS - Project Angel Food to celebrate statewide program

May 03, 2018

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Project Angel Food will announce the launch of a new statewide pilot program to benefit Medi-Cal patients with a diagnosis of congestive heart failure on Friday, May 4, at 10 a.m. in the parking lot of the nonprofit at 922 Vine St.

Elected officials and their deputies who were instrumental in the passing of this legislation will be in attendance, including state Assemblywoman Blanca E. Rubio (D-Baldwin Park), state Sen. Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) and Hannah Cho, district director for state Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles).

This entire process took 13 months from the start of advocacy to implementation of California Senate Bill 97, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Project Angel Food partnered with Project Open Hand, Ceres, Food for Thought and Health Trust, all in Northern California, and Mama’s Kitchen in San Diego County, to harness their collective clout to secure the funding in record time. State funding will be provided and administered by the California Department of Health Care Services. Project Open Hand CEO Mark Ryle and Mama’s Kitchen Executive Director Alberto Cortes will also attend the event.

As part of the state directive, Project Angel Food and its five sister agencies will collectively serve 1,000 Medi-Cal patients with CHF for the three years of the pilot, with each agency serving 60 participants per year. To measure effectiveness, clients must receive their first meal within seven days of being discharged from a hospital. During the first year, Project Angel Food will target people living in San Fernando Valley, Metro L.A. and South L.A.