Project Angel Food Upgrades To High-Tech Meal-Labeling System With Grant From Supervisor Kuehl
Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017 – 12:59 PM
Project Angel Food has upgraded its label-making equipment to a state-of-the-art model to increase accuracy, efficiency and clarity.
The new technology will produce clearer, easier to read polyester coated labels that will help improve clients’ knowledge of their food consumption. The labels can be easily scanned and will fully describe the meal components.
Dispatch staff will scan the labels to ensure the accuracy of meals intended for each individual client’s medical condition. Quality assurance has always been a priority at Project Angel Food, and the electronic capability to check for precise requirements will increase precision for the staff and nutritional understanding for the clients. Delivery of the meals with the new labels will begin immediately to 1,200 people living with critical illness.
L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl funded the label-maker with a$20,000 grant. The grant paid for the technology, the set up fees and the first batch of the high-tech labels. The F.I.S.H. Foundation has also provided a $20,000 grant for additional labels. These polyester film labels will withstand the usual wear and tear of the previous paper labels which quickly degraded during constant exposure to freezing and condensation.
Richard Ayoub, Project Angel Food executive director, said, “This generous grant has enabled us to move into the high-tech world in a more highly efficient way.”
Project Angel Food has provided more than 10.5 million meals to men and women living with critical illness. The kitchens and staff prepare more than 11,000 meals a week free of charge and medically tailored to the requirements of those living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, kidney failure, congestive heart failure and diabetes. Many clients are living well below the poverty line.
The client base is 37 percent Latino, 29 percent African-American, 22 percent Caucasian, 6 percent Asian, 1 percent Native American and 5 percent other.
For information, visit www.angelfood.org.