The meal program was an instantaneous hit with the clientele that Food on Foot served each week so the founders branched out to try and impact the food needs of the area. By 1999, volunteers for Food on Foot from the homeless community began to pickup trash in Hollywood and in return receive food gift cards and a dinner of chicken and snacks.
Today the Work for Food program assists around 50 people to earn meals and food cards each week. The clients are provided with needed materials to perform the work and in return are given supplies, phone cards and transportation tokens. This program is helping those without shelter and others that are battling substance abuse and other handicaps.
The goal of the program is to gain the confidence of the clients and help them build themselves up so that they are able to slowly transition back into society and be able to help themselves and keep themselves off the streets.
The Work for Food program allows individuals to be enrolled and once they demonstrate reliability and good work habits move upwards into more substantial types of work. These individuals are allowed to become members of teams that clean malls and other areas of Hollywood during the week and in exchange receive additional food gift cards.
The expectation of the Food on Foot organization with these programs is that outside job opportunities will manifest for the graduates of the Work for Food program. The program is designed to provide independence and confidence within a few months to the workers to assist them in becoming productive members in society and get off the street.
Food on Foot has provided the same meals at the same time for many years and this has provided a needed consistency for the community and the homeless in need. Consistency provides the trust that increases the confidence of the community and the homeless folks on the street. Food on Foot organization provides a welcome assistance for the homeless and the community that they serve.