Since stepping down from their royal duties, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and their son, Archie, relocated to L.A., where they are working to feed their new neighbors amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
Prince Harry and Meghan have delivered meals to 20 LA residents since they began volunteering. They even pulled a delivery shift on Easter Sunday.
Project Angel Food began with the mission to feed people with HIV and AIDS but has since expanded to include people dealing with other serious illnesses.
Project Angel Food’s executive director Richard Ayoub said Meghan’s mom suggested the organization to her daughter and son-in-law when they were looking for an opportunity to get involved.
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Richard continues, “What Meghan said is she wanted to show Harry Los Angeles through the eyes of philanthropy.”
“Our clients are clients who are often forgotten. They really wanted to go visit these people. They wanted to see them and talk to them and hopefully put a smile on their faces.”
According to Ayoub, the volunteer-driven organization has been overwhelmed since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak. The chronically ill and immunocompromised clients they work with are either unable or will place themselves at extremely high risk if they leave their homes to buy groceries.
Ayoub says they receive up to 70 calls a day, and their volunteer drivers struggled to keep up with the massive demand. Over 400 people had been placed on their waiting list.
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Harry and Meghan stepped in to help when LA needed it most.
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“They really wanted to ease the workload of our drivers because they deliver to between 50 and 60 people a day,” Ayoub said. “Meghan and Harry took about six deliveries last Sunday and then they said, ‘We want to do it again and we want more,’ so they took 14 deliveries on Wednesday.”
Project Angel Food is one of the first outreach organizations they’ve backed since moving to Los Angeles and beginning to draw up plans for their forthcoming philanthropic organization, Archewell.
Ayoub was happy to work with the LA newcomers and says they are welcome to come back any time.
“They were extremely down-to-earth and genuinely interested in every single person they met. They engaged with our chefs, they engaged with clients — they just wanted to make sure that people felt the love and appreciation. Their goal was really to just honor our chefs and staffs and volunteers by being of service,” Ayoub said.
The ex-royals and their 11-month son are getting used to their new life in L.A. while observing social distancing guidelines.