God’s Love We Deliver

In 1985 when Ruth Brinker started preparing meals for seven of her neighbors here in San Francisco, AIDS patients who were dying of malnutrition, Project Open Hand was born. It was a privilege to work alongside Ms. Brinker on the first few fundraisers for POH, held in the old, now long-gone New Belle Saloon on Polk Street. I can think of nothing nobler than giving food to someone who is too sick to cook for themselves.

In New York City, also in 1985, the seeds for God’s Love We Deliver were planted when a hospice worker named Ganga Stone began taking meals to her friend Richard who was too ill to cook for himself. Founded in 1986, GLWD now delivers some 7,600 meals every day, some 1.9-million medically tailored meals annually, to patients with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other severe debilitating illnesses. GLWD also offers illness-specific nutrition and counseling to clients and others.

Just as close to my heart as POH, God’s Love We Deliver needs all of the support we can give them to continue feeding more New Yorkers. And they make supporting them such fun!

Tell Me More: Each sale from GLWD’s “Gifts from the Heart” helps to finance the organization’s home meal delivery and other services. Although the “Gifts from the Heart” catalog is chockful of truly inspired gifts for giving——including perennial favorites Chuck’s Famous Brownies, GLWD’s cookbook, and the cutest little piggy bank shaped like one of GWLD’s delivery trucks——we’ve chosen to highlight two items available now for the first time and exclusively from GLWD.

First, the new Candle Votive by glassybaby. Hand-blown by artisans for glassybaby, each votive is a one-of-a-kind work of art, made exclusively for God’s Love We Deliver. Available with a gold heart or a red one, these candle votives will be treasured for years.

Second, new Board member Aerin Lauder is supporting GLWD with AERIN Uzes Tuberose Candle. The candles are named for a town in southern France and made specially to benefit GLWD. This candle is scented with tuberose, fruity apricot and a hint of spicy clove. The scent is even more pleasant when you consider that each votive purchased will help to fund six meals for clients.

How Much: The hand-blown glassybaby candle votives are $60 each; the AERIN candles are likewise $60.

How to Order: To order, or to make a donation:: www.glwd.org/donate/shop/.

Who Benefits: This is easy. The beneficiaries of your purchases are the thousands of New Yorkers whose lives are enhanced——perhaps even saved——by the nutritious meals from God’s Love We Deliver.

—Reporting by Hank Trout


Hank Trout, Senior Editor, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a forty-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his husband Rick. Follow him on Twitter @HankTroutWriter.