Finding aid to the John Gile collection on Project Angel Food 1994-2007, bulk 2000-2003 Coll2012.033

Finding aid prepared by Sean Marshall
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90007
(213) 741-0094
© 2012

Title: John Gile collection on Project Angel Food
Identifier/Call Number: Coll2012.033
Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 2.63 linear feet. 2 archive cartons + 1 flat box.
Date (bulk): Bulk, 2000-2003
Date (inclusive): 1994-2007
Abstract: Comprised of organizational records including promotional material, reports, financial statements, and correspondence collected by John Gile pertaining to Project Angel Food and its mission as a provider of home-delivered meals to people with life-threatening illnesses (cancer, HIV/AIDS, etc.) within Los Angeles County. Items are from 1994-2007, bulk 2000-2003.
creator: Gile, John

Historical Note

Founded by Marianne Williamson as an outreach program of the Los Angeles Center for Living in 1989, Project Angel Food prepares and distributes meals to home-bound individuals suffering from chronic illnesses such as cancer and HIV/AIDS. By 1992 the program grew 2333% over its daily starting client base of 15 people, serving 350 meals daily. Its mission and fundraising efforts attracted attention of celebrities and their foundations starting with Project Angel Food's first grant of $150,000 from Elizabeth Taylor's AIDS Foundation in 1992. The organization expanded to Long Beach and coordinated frozen meal delivery to synchronize with the client's drug schedules. Five years later, in addition to its Sunset Boulevard kitchen, Project Angel Food has a satellite kitchen in Compton, California, serving daily on average 1,028 meals daily. A $400,000 federal grant and a $5 million capital campaign permitted Project Angel Food to move and expand its primary kitchen at 922 Vine Street in Hollywood. John L. Gile led Project Angel Food as Chief Executive Officer from 1993 to 2008.
"Historical Timeline - Project Angel Food ." Project Angel Food . Project Angel Food, n.d. Web. 14 Mar. 2012.
"John L. Gile & Associates Inc.." John L. Gile & Associates Inc.. N.p., 1 Jan. 2008. Web. 14 Mar. 2012.


The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Publication Rights

Researchers wishing to publish material must obtain permission in writing from ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives as the physical owner of the material. Note that permission to publish does not constitute copyright clearance. ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives can grant copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for all other materials from the copyright holder(s).

Acquisition Information

Donated by John Gile on May 1, 2007.

Preferred Citation

Box #, folder #, John Gile Collection on Project Angel Food, Coll2012.033, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California

Processing Information

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Collection processed by Sean Marshall, March 2012.

Scope and Content

The John Gile Collection on Project Angel Food encompass organizational records and professional papers from circa 1994 to 2007. The papers comprised reports, financial statements, promotional material, and correspondence along with promotional material.


The arrangement in this collection is presented in its original order whenever possible. The collection is arranged in the following series:

Separated Materials

Following has been separated from the collection:
Community Prescription Service InfoPack, Vol. 8, #1: April 1998

The Networker Newsletter of Spokane AIDS Network, Vol. 9, #2: Fall 1997

an invitation to sponsor, exhibit and advertise United States Conference of AIDS: September 18-21 1997

Tools for Living L.A. Shanti, Annual Report 1999-2000

heartspace A Publication of L.A. Shanti: Summer 2000; Spring 2001

A Hand, Not a Hand Out, Los Angeles County Community Action Agency

AIDS Action Quarterly Vol. 9, #3: Winter 1996; Vol. 9, #2: Fall 1997

Being Alive March 1997; March 2001

meal timesProject Open Hand #20: Winter 1994

On Display Vol. 2, #2: Fall-Winter 1998

AIDSline Brief Vol. 6, #3: April 2000

Annual Report 1994-95 AIDS Project Los Angeles

Positive Living AIDS Project Los Angeles: September 1994; July 1997

Food for Thought Food Outreach, Inc.: Fall 1997

2001 Pride Odyssey Christopher Street West: June 16-17, 2001

1994 West Hollywood Directory, LA Weekly: 1994

Congressional Directory, 107th Congress 2001 People For the American Way, 2001

You be the Judge: Organizing Kit People For the American Way, 2001

Your Passport Vol. 1: Fall 1997

The Black Church Week Of Prayer For The Healing of AIDS: March 1-7, 1998

a 24 hour worldwide memorial, World AIDS Day poster: December 1, 2002

Social Services Guide, City of West Hollywood: December 1, 2002

PFLAG-LA Newsletter, #231: October-November 2004

Frontiers, Vol. 16 #10: September 5, 1997; Vol. 16 #13: October 31, 1997; Vol. 16 #14: November 14, 1997

EDGE, #373: October 29, 1997; #374: November 12, 1997

The Advocate, #644: December 14, 1993; #646/647: January 25, 1994; #649: February 22, 1994; #651: March 22, 1994; #652: April 5, 1994; # 653: April 19, 1994; #654: May 3, 1994; #655: May 17, 1994; #665: October 4, 1994; #731: April 15, 1997; #732: April 29, 1997; #733: May 13, 1997; #734; May 27, 1997; #735: June 10, 1997; #737: July 8, 1997; #739/740: August 19, 1997; #743: September 30, 1997

Gay Games IV and Cultural Festival, June 18-25, 1994

HRC, Spring 1997; Summer 1997

The Buzz Weekly, June 13-19, 1997; September 26-October 2, 1997

Buzz: The Talk of Los Angeles, November 1997

POZ, # 30: December 1997; #104: August 2004;

Alternatives, May 1994; August 1995

Impact Lambda Legal, Vol. 24, #2: Summer 2007

10 Percent, #8: June 19947

The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review, Vol. 3, #4: Fall 1996

Time, Vol. 149, #15: April 14, 1997

Equality through Visibility Christopher Street West, Inc.: June 21-22, 1997

GLAAD Images GLAAD, #1: Spring 1997

HIV L.A --A comprehensive directory to HIV/AIDS services in Los Angeles County, Office of AIDS Programs and Policy: 2003-2004

Insider UCLA AIDS Institute, Vol. 2, #2: April 2005

Celebrity: the Advocate interviews Judy Wieder, author, Vol. 1, 2001

The Collaboration Continuum: 1996 Technical Assistance Manual National Minority AIDS Council, 1996

The National AIDS Strategy Appendices 1997 The White House, 1997

Always Remember: A selection of Panels Created By and For International Fashion Designers The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, 1996

The California Fashion Industry Friends of AIDS Project Los Angeles Presents: Todd Oldham, 10th Annual California Fashion Industry Friends of AIDS Project Los Angeles designer of the year gala: 1996

Hostile Climate: report on anti-gay activity People For The American Way Foundation, 2000

Broadway Bares XVII (17) Myth-Behavior, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS: June 17 1997

Positive Nutrition Project Open Hand, # 5: Summer 1994

Angel Soup newsletters; Project Angel Food: 2001

Angel News newsletters; Project Angel Food: Fall 1993-Fall1999

Food for Thought (Take A Bite On This) newsletters; Project Angel Food: 2000-2007

LifeLines newsletters; Project Angel Food: 2000-2007

An Epidemiologic Profile of HIV and AIDS: Los Angeles County 2004 HIV Epidemiology Program---Office of Health Assessment and Epidemiology/Public Health Lost Angeles County Department of Health Services, 2004

Nutrition & AIDS. VHS. Columbus, Ohio: Roxane Laboratories , 1994.

Talkin' About AIDS. VHS. Evanston, Illinois: Perennial Education, 1990.

The Fire Within. DVD. Directed by Leanne Whitney. Culver City, California: August Moon Entertainment, 2004.

The HIV Test: Who Should Take It? What Does It Show. VHS. Hunt Valley, Maryland: Milner-Fenwick, 1993.

Time Out. VHS. Directed by Malcolm-Jamal Warner. Los Angeles: Paramount, 1992.

New York Metro Mass Choir, Fly. New York Metro Mass Choir. David Brown. CD. Groundbreaking white hardhat, Encore Hall, Los Angeles California. John Gile on back Cotton T-shirt, No On Proposition 64 Victory Party. Keith Haring, graphic designer. Front: off white, blue graphic on yellow field "NO ON 64". Back: Victory Party / Nov. 4, 1986 / Hollywood Palladium Cotton T-shirt, 2002 United States Conference on AIDS. Anaheim Hilton, Anaheim, California on August 19–22, 2002. Yellow, with blue and purple logo in upper left side.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

AIDS (Disease)--Patients, Services for--California--Los Angeles County
Community health services--California
Nonprofit organizations--California--Los Angeles


Outreach and Promotional Material Series 1. Bulk, 2000-2002 1995-2007

Arrangement note

The arrangement in this series is presented in its original order.

Scope and Contents note

This series contains advertisement and outreach documentation of Project Angel Food, namely the work concerning the Media and Communications Committee. Materials include promotional material, press packets, outgoing letters mainly from Executive Director John Gile and galleys for a recipe book. Items cover years 1995 to 2007 with the bulk of material within years 2000 through 2002.
Box 1, Folder 1

Media and Communications Committee 1995-2001

Box 1, Folder 2

Correspondence 1998-2003

Box 1, Folder 3-4

Promotional Material 1995-2007

Box 1, Folder 5

for Life, for Love, for as long it takes recipe book galley proof undated

Box 1, Folder 6

Benefit Material 1994-2004

Box 1, Folder 7-8

Press Packet 1995-1996

Box 1, Folder 9

Outgoing Letters and Drafts 1999-2002

Box 1, Folder 10

Letters of Intent 1999-2007

Box 1, Folder 11

Donation Letters 1997-2007

Box 2, Folder 11

Newspaper Clippings August 21, 1997

Box 2, Folder 14

AIDS Meals Providers Conference 1996


Internal Documents Series 2. Bulk, 2003 1994-2007

Scope and Contents note

This series contains the business and financial records of Project Angel Food. Materials include a manual for staff and volunteers, annual reports, and documentation concerning related organizations and governmental agencies. Items cover years 1994 to 2007 with the bulk of material around 2003. Included is a report and a group photograph.

Arrangement note

The arrangement in this series is presented in its original order.
Box 1, Folder 12-13

Quality Assurance Manual 1997

Box 1, Folder 14

Historical Organization Files 1997-2003

Box 1, Folder 15

Corporation Meetings 1994-2003

Box 2, Folder 1

Volunteer Awards 1999

Box 2, Folder 2

Financial Statements and Reports 1995-2000

Box 2, Folder 3

Solicitation Letters 2000-2007

Box 2, Folder 4

Annual Reports 1994, 2001

Box 2, Folder 5

Surveyor Report March 18, 2004

Box 2, Folder 6

The White House 1996-1998

Box 2, Folder 7

The Salvation Army 2000-2002

Box 2, Folder 8

Los Angeles County Commission on HIV Health Services August 8, 2004

Box 2, Folder 9

City of West Hollywood 2000-2001

Box 2, Folder 10

National Minority AIDS Council 2001

Box 2, Folder 13

Group Photograph undated

Physical Description: 1 photo
Box 2, Folder 15

The end of AIDS in the next five years author: Dan Pallotta 1995


Realia Series 3. 1993-2007

Scope and Contents note

This series contains the ephemera and realia created by Project Angel Food used by their workers and in their promotions. Items cover years 1993 to 2007.
Box 3, Item 1

Red Ball-point Pen Circa 2002

Physical Description: Black finger grip with red plastic body and white writing. "PROJECT ANGEL FOOD 7574 W. SUNSET BLVD. LOS ANGELES, CA 90046 323-845-1800"
Box 3, Item 2

Blue Ball-point Pen Circa 2007

Physical Description: Blue finger grip with blue metalic body and white writing. "Project Angel Food 922 North Vine Street"
Box 3, Item 3

Volunteer Apron Circa 2006

Physical Description: Blue polyester and cotton blend Project Angel Food with logo at neckline
Box 3, Item 4

Promotional Brochure Holder June 24, 2007

Physical Description: Hollywood Walk To Deliver campaign