Project Open Hand provides food and compassion to improve the quality of life for the men, women and children it serves. Project Open Hand programs include: meal, grocery and nutrition counseling for people with symptomatic HIV and AIDS; congregate lunch and nutrition education for people over 60 years of age; meal service for homebound and critically ill people under the age of 60. Services are available to eligible clients living in San Francisco and Alameda counties, regardless of their race, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, disability or ability to pay.
Project Open Hand was founded in San Francisco in 1985 by Ruth Brinker, a retired meal service manager, who began preparing meals in a church basement for seven people living with AIDS. The first grassroots response to the nutritional needs of people with AIDS in the nation, Project Open Hand continues to be a model for similar organizations around the world. In 1989, Project Open Hand started serving people with AIDS in Alameda County. In 1998, Project Open Hand furthered its reach and began serving congregate lunches to seniors at various sites throughout San Francisco and Alameda County. At the beginning of 2000, Project Open Hand expanded its services to provide 'meals with love' to people who are homebound with any illness. – less