George Michael and Project Angel Food
Project Angel Food revealed Thursday, December 29, 2016 that
singer George Michael was the top benefactor of the organization.
"His quiet generosity helped us, year in and year out, and brought
so much goodness to thousands of people we serve", stated Richard Ayoub,
It all started during the height of the AIDS crisis and at
the same time the singer had purchased a home in the Los Angeles area.
Project Angel Food was struggling to buy food for the growing list of people in need, and was even having trouble paying the staff of 14 people at the old rented church kitchen at Fountain and Fairfax Avenues.
One windy fall afternoon a brown envelope was found at the doorstep of Project
Angel Food's Sunset Boulevard office.
The envelope had a handwritten note from George Michael
thanking Project Angel Food: "Just keep doing what you are doing
Love, George.” Inside the envelope was a check $25,000 to show his
love and gratitude. "It was enough to buy food, to make payroll and a
lot more," said John Gile, former CEO.
That began a long relationship between Project Angel Food and George, and contributions came in every year since then.
He also donated his Mercedes-Benz which was auctioned in a special event. And, George volunteered in the kitchen and delivered meals as part of his community service time in 1998.
Ayoub added, "He has left a legacy at Project Angel Food and provided so much to so many. He did it quietly and with dignity."
Angel Food will have a special ceremony on George Michael's birthday on June
25, 2017. If you would like to support George Michael’s legacy at Project Angel
Food, we welcome you to make a donation below.