God's Love We Deliver
166 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10013
God's Love We Deliver turned 30 years old 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. Today, with your support, we've grown, expanded and reached some amazing milestones:
- Over 8,000 annual volunteers help us each year
- We cook and deliver over 1.3 million meals each year
- This winter, we cooked and delivered our 16 millionth meal
- We now serve clients with over 200 unique diagnoses
So much has changed in our 30 years, but our core values have not. Every day our clients struggle with malnutrition, hunger, illness and isolation. When they contact God's Love, they find a community who cares deeply about them. 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.
For the next twelve months, we'll be doing things - big and small - to celebrate and remember our 30th Anniversary. In May, we will recognize 30 people and organizations who have played an important role in the history of God's Love.
In 1985, Ganga Stone brought a meal to an AIDS patient, Richard Sayles, who was too ill to cook for himself. She realized that something as basic as delivering a meal could bring dignity and recognition to a desperate situation.
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. On her way again, with a new meal in hand, 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."
With Jane Best, God's Love We Deliver was founded.
Thank you, Ganga and Jane, for your compassion, your vision, and your love. Today we celebrate you!