Cabrini Hospice worker Ganga Stone delivers a meal to Richard, a man living with AIDS. He is too ill to prepare the packaged food she has brought him.
In 1985, a hospice worker named Ganga Stone paid a visit to an AIDS patient that changed her life. The patient, Richard Sale, was too ill to cook for himself. Ganga’s compassion took hold, a meal was prepared and delivered on the next visit, and an epiphany was born: Something as basic as delivering a meal could bring dignity and recognition to a desperate situation.
Ganga’s experience then drove her to a second epiphany. The severity of Richard’s situation demanded something more than simply delivering food. It required preparing nutritionally-tailored meals that would support an individual’s specific medical treatment. She researched his needs and was on her way again, with a new meal in hand, when she was stopped by a minister in the neighborhood who recognized her. He asked what she was doing, she told him, and he replied, “you’re not just delivering food … you’re delivering God’s love.”
And Ganga said, “That’s the name.” And God’s Love We Deliver was born.
Cabrini Hospice worker Ganga Stone delivers a meal to Richard, a man living with AIDS. He is too ill to prepare the packaged food she has brought him.
God's Love We Deliver is co-founded by Ganga Stone and Jane Best. Restaurant Claire begins donating prepared meals that Ganga and volunteers deliver daily - many by bicycle - to people living with AIDS in Manhattan. Other restaurants join in. Ganga and volunteers deliver an average of 50 meals per week.
God's Love We Deliver moves into the kitchen of West Park Presbyterian Church at Amsterdam & 86th Street and begins delivering 50 meals per day. Gay Men's Chorus donates a walk-in freezer. Our first van, "Little Blue", is donated by then Borough President David Dinkins. 13,000 meals annually are cooked and home-delivered.
God's Love begins feeding the children of our clients. Our second van, "Big Blue", was donated with the help of Mayor Koch.
Honoring the growing number of dedicated volunteers, God's Love We Deliver hosts its first Volunteer Appreciation Party at West Park Presbyterian Church.
Bloomingdales offers to cook the Thanksgiving turkeys for clients due to lack of kitchen space at God's Love We Deliver and Bid of Love Art Auction at Sotheby's raises $600,000 for God's Love We Deliver.
Meals are being delivered to an average of 250 clients per day.
Chuck "The Baker" Piekarski joins the staff and creates the recipe for Chuck's Famous Brownies.
God's Love We Deliver moves to a larger rented kitchen space at the American Youth Hostel at Amsterdam and 103rd Street.
Mayor Dinkins begins the mayoral tradition of delivering Thanksgiving meals.
God's Love We Deliver receives first funding from Ryan White CARE Act. 99,000 meals annually are cooked and home-delivered.
God's Love We Deliver establishes its Nutrition Department to help people living with HIV/AIDS and their caregivers receive information about the importance of nutrition on compromised immune systems.
Friends Seminary in Manhattan begins the tradition of schoolchildren hand-decorating shopping bags in which God's Love We Deliver's holiday meals are delivered.
God's Love We Deliver starts delivering two meals a day (lunch and dinner).
God's Love We Deliver successfully bids on vacant building located at the corner of Spring Street and Sixth Avenue. Building is purchased from the city of New York. Capital Campaign to renovate and move into new building is launched.
David Geffen provides God's Love We Deliver with a gift of $1.5 million to renovate the vacant building located at Spring Street and Sixth Avenue.
Nutrition Department publishes "Living with HIV: A Nutrition Guide with Special Emphasis for People in Recovery." Thirteen additional guides are published over the next eight years.
God's Love We Deliver initiates yearly fundraising events with the First Annual Race to Deliver.
Kathy Spahn becomes Executive Director in May 1994. (pictured here with chefs Keith Berg, Mark Ski and Michael McCarthy)
God's Love We Deliver delivers its one millionth meal. 405,000 meals annually are cooked and home-delivered.
After Board members Joan Rivers and Blaine Trump participate in Groundbreaking Ceremony, God's Love We Deliver moves into its new home on World AIDS DAY, December 1.
Ceramic wall tiles are sold as a fundraiser and are installed in the new SoHo kitchen.
God's Love We Deliver delivers its two millionth meal.
God's Love We Deliver celebrates ten years as one of the most popular volunteer sites chosen by college students for Alternate Spring Break.
R&B singer Mary J. Blige presents a check to God's Love We Deliver for $50,000 on behalf of the MAC AIDS Fund.
God's Love We Deliver delivers, on average, to over 1,000 clients per day.
Nancy Mahon joins God's Love We Deliver as Executive Director in April 2000.
God's Love We Deliver launches the first annual Midsummer Night Drinks. The party was hosted by Alan Rogers in Southampton. The second annual Midsummer Night Drinks was also hosted by Rogers in Southampton.
God's Love We Deliver expands its mission to serve clients living with serious illnesses other than HIV/AIDS.
God's Love We Deliver delivers its five millionth meal. 520,000 meals annually are cooked and home-delivered.
God's Love We Deliver begins delivery of frozen meals.
God's Love We Deliver prepares and delivers over 3,000 meals for search and rescue workers in the days following September 11.
God's Love We Deliver client base reaches an average of 1,200 clients a day, a 23% increase from the year before.
God's Love We Deliver moves its kitchen to Long Island City while it renovates its SoHo kitchen. The renovation improves capacity by 66% and lays the infrastructure for future growth.
God's Love We Deliver reaches milestone of over 1,200 active volunteers each month.
God's Love We Deliver initiates program for breast cancer clients and pilots caregiver meals program.
God's Love We Deliver delivers its eight millionth meal. God’s Love begins to offer medically tailored meals through health care plans to their members.
God's Love We Deliver celebrates its 20th Anniversary.
With funding from 20th Anniversary Lead Corporate Partner, the MAC AIDS Fund, God's Love We Deliver provides meals and nutritional counseling to two AIDS service organizations in Newark, New Jersey.
Karen Pearl becomes God's Love We Deliver's fourth President & CEO.
God's Love We Deliver delivers its 9 millionth meal.
In the wake of a Valentine's Day snowstorm, God's Love We Deliver raises over $34,000 in one afternoon to fund two emergency Blizzard Boxes filled with non-perishable food for each client.
At the 2nd Annual Golden Heart Awards dinner, God's Love We Deliver honored Harry Slatkin, 7th On Sale and long-time volunteer Roz Gilbert.
God's Love We Deliver prepares and delivers over 800,000 meals this year to 3635 clients, a 20% increase from the previous year.
God's Love We Deliver commemorates the delivery of its 10 millionth meal with an event that included agency founder Ganga Stone, Blaine Trump, Joan Rivers, Estée Lauder Group President John Demsey, Anna Wintour and many other notable guests.
To meet the changing needs of our clients, God's Love We Deliver moves forward on its plan to deliver more chilled and frozen meals. This is made possible by generous grants from Feeding America and the Judith C. White Foundation.
God's Love is a winner of the prestigious New York Times Company Nonprofit Excellence Award.
God's Love rolls out an enhanced children's menu with kid-friendly breakfast, snack and dinner.
God's Love kicks off its 25 year anniversary by ringing the NASDAQ Closing Bell on Thursday, April 7, 2011.
God's Love reaches an agency record and delivers over one million meals in one year, for a grand total of 1,000,732 meals.
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn made a special meal delivery to mark our 25th anniversary.
God's Love We Deliver launches $25 million Expansion Campaign.
At our Sixth Annual Golden Heart Awards, Michael Kors, the world-renowned, award-winning designer announced his $5 million gift to our Expansion Campaign. With this donation, our $25 million campaign, launched at the previous year's Awards, reached its $20 million mark, ensuring that we could move forward with our expansion project.
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy's destruction, God's Love delivered 8,000 meals to people displaced by Sandy and 2,300 emergency meal kits called "Sandy Bags" to our clients. We also cooked 200 meals that our friends at Douglas Elliman brought to a group of people they "adopted" in the Far Rockaways.
God's Love moves to a new 20,000-square-foot temporary home at 630 Flushing Ave, in Williamsburg, a former Pfizer Inc. plant owned by Acumen Capital Partners. The move comes as we begin work on a $25 million renovation of our headquarters on Sixth Avenue in SoHo.
God's Love We Deliver commemorates the delivery of its 15 millionth meal with an event that included Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, New York City Council Members Corey Johnson and Robert Cornegy, Sylvia Vogelman, a 22-year volunteer with over 2800 hours of service, Linda Fairstein, a wonderful board member, Michael Sennott, former Board chair for 10 years and current chair of our Expansion Campaign, and the incomparable Joan Rivers. God’s Love completes conversion to all chilled and frozen meal model. We launched our young professionals group, generation LOVE (genLOVE).
On June 9, 2015, Michael Kors, Anna Wintour and Melissa Rivers joined Mayor Bill de Blasio and other notable New Yorkers as well as God's Love staff, donors, and volunteers to celebrate the dedication of The Michael Kors Building.
After 22 months in our temporary Brooklyn location, we completed our move to our new home in The Michael Kors Building in SoHo. Our brand new, state-of-the-art, 9,600 sq. foot kitchen on the second floor has wonderful natural light, and includes four industrial-size refrigerators, three freezers, five blast freezers, five 80-gallon soup kettles, and a waste digester that converts up to 1,000 lbs. of organic food waste into disposable water. Every day, more and more sick and hungry New Yorkers reach out to God's Love looking for help. Our move to The Michael Kors Building allows us to continue to respond to the urgent needs of our clients for years to come.
God's Love We Deliver celebrates our 30th anniversary on May 1, 2015. We began with the simple principle that no one should ever have to face the dual crises of illness and hunger. We brought meals to home-bound people living with HIV/AIDS. So much has changed in our 30 years, but our core values have not. Together, we are dedicated to cooking and delivering the individually-tailored meals and nutrition counseling our clients require at a time in their lives when they need it most. We do this - free of charge - with dignity, respect and compassion.
In 2016, we had many enhancements in our program. We launched a new packaging system, known as the "Oliver" system, so that all of our entrees are now heat sealed in an air tight container, locking in moisture and freshness. Clients are able to see the meal through a clear ﬁlm seal, making it easier to decide what to eat without having to take off the lid. We added a "soft diet" for clients who do not need a minced or pureed meal, but for whom chewing and swallowing our regular meals is too difficult. Developing more choices like this helps us continue to meet the needs of our growing senior population. We also expanded our reach, delivering to new clients in Westchester and Nassau counties.
God's Love launched the God's Love We Deliver Cookbook. God’s Love expands to serve Westchester and Nassau counties
God's Love launched our 5th signature event, Love Rocks NYC! Performers included Joe Walsh, Mavis Staples, Jackson Browne, Warren Haynes, Billy Gibbons, Michael McDonald, Dr. John, Gary Clark Jr., Patty Smyth, Bruce Willis, John McEnroe, Bill Murray, Derek Trucks, Keb Mo, Aaron Neville, Lisa Fischer, Marc Cohn, Anthony Hamilton, CeCe Winans, Susan Tedeschi, William Bell, Amy Helm, Blind Boys of Alabama, Jackie Greene, Sam Moore, Catherine Russell, Joan Osborne, Tash Neal & Marcus King.
On September 28, 2017, we cooked and delivered our 20 millionth meal!
In January, Congressman Jim McGovern of Massachusetts, the founder and co-chair of the House Hunger Caucus and great friend of God’s Love We Deliver, hosted a Congressional Briefing to launch the new bipartisan Food is Medicine Working Group. Through this partnership, we helped plan and execute the second Food is Medicine Congressional Briefing in May.
We launched a PSA that ran nationally in the Wall Street Journal entitled "Healthcare Starts with Healthy Food"
God's Love begins service to Suffolk County. God's Love celebrated WorldPride and the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Click here to check out our Stories of Pride. God’s Love expands service to Suffolk County and begins phasing in antibiotic- and hormone-free chicken, grass-fed beef, and wild-caught pollock and salmon.
God’s Love cooks and delivers its 25 millionth meal. God’s Love is deemed an Essential Services Provider and continues working during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the first three months, God’s Love welcomes 2,500+ clients on to program and delivers three weeks of shelf-stable food to every person, in addition to regular meal delivery, in the event of service interruption. 2.3 million meals annually are cooked and home-delivered. We celebrated our 35th anniversary.
We launch our Culinary Council. We celebrate the life and legacy of our founder, Ganga Stone, who passed away in June 2021. We launch a program to provide medically tailored meals to U.S. military veterans living with PTSD. We become a charity partner of the New York City Wine & Food Festival. We launch our Care Transitions program. We continue to adapt amidst rolling tides of Covid-19 to keep our service going strong. Not only do we sustain, we grow: changing protocols to keep everyone safe, delivering shelf stable meals and personal care kits, enrolling thousands of new clients and keeping nearly 10,000 clients, children, and senior caregivers nourished.
In April, God's Love delivers our 30 millionth meal during National Volunteer Week, with the help of Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster. To accommodate agency growth, we secure a second home at the historic Northern Dispensary in the West Village. We begin serving new populations, creating a special meal and nutrition program for New Yorkers with gestational diabetes and expanding our program for veterans with PTSD to serving veterans with mental health and/or substance use issues. We grow our sustainability efforts, sourcing antibiotic-free chicken, grass-fed beef, and wild-caught fish. We continue to tailor our menu, and introduce a GI-friendly diet and incorporated new culturally-appropriate recipes to our menu. We are advancing health equity by targeting our outreach to systemically neglected and under-resourced neighborhoods. In October, we hit a milestone, serving a record 6,273 New Yorkers in a single month. On Thanksgiving, we deliver a record 12,000 Thanksgiving feasts - a 30% increase from the previous year. After 16 years as President & CEO, Karen Pearl steps down as President & CEO. She stays on as Special Advisory to the President & CEO in 2023.
On January 1, David Ludwigson becomes President & CEO. In April, V.A. Secretary Denis McDonough and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visit God's Love to learn about our medically tailored meal program and our service for veterans, the CONNECTED program. We receive a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for the tenth year in a row. We host our inaugural God's Love Open (GLO): a golf, tennis, and pickleball event at the Westchester Country Club in Rye, NY.
Our founder, Ganga Stone, passed away in June of 2021. Read our tribute to her here.
Published on Jul 31, 1987
Jan Hopkins interviews co-founder Jane Best about her work at God's Love We Deliver.
Published on Jul 31, 1991
Check out our 1991 video featuring with founder Ganga Stone.
Published on Aug 2, 2005
"People are what put the love in God's Love We Deliver." Check out our 2005 promotion video featuring clients, volunteers, and staff members! At this time in our history, we had served over 7.5 million meals!
Published on Oct 21, 2009
God's Love We Deliver provides delicious meals and nutritional counseling to men, women, and children living with life-altering illnesses including HIV/AIDS and cancer.
Published on Oct 15, 2009
Blaine Trump was on the Nightly News with Chuck Scarborough to discuss the commemoration of God's Love We Deliver's ten millionth meal delivery on June 23, 2009.
Published on Oct 23, 2009
Our 2008 agency video, narrated by actress Natasha Richardson
Published on Nov 10, 2010
On May 10, 2009, Joan Rivers won The Celebrity Apprentice. View her video here!
Published on Oct 17, 2014
At the 2014 Golden Heart Awards, we premiered our tribute video to Joan Rivers. In September, God's Love We Deliver lost Board member, former Golden Heart Award recipient and great friend Joan Rivers. After 27 years of amazing service and support to God's Love, she will never be forgotten.