When Dan Tyrell received a delivery of prepared meals from Project Angel Food for himself and neighbor Becky Lincoln, who has type 1 diabetes, on Wednesday, he thought he recognized the masked volunteers dropping off the food. “I thought that tall red-headed guy looked pretty familiar, and that girl was pretty,” the West Hollywood local commented.
Moments later, after a glimpse of the nearby security guards and black SUVs, it clicked: The couple standing at his Los Angeles apartment complex was none other than Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan. BAZAAR.com understands that the couple have spent two days this past week volunteering with Project Angel Food, an outreach program that is now busier than ever delivering meals to at-risk people with life-threatening illnesses during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex first worked with the nonprofit organization on Easter Sunday, April 12, when they took to the roads to help deliver a week’s worth of prepared meals and emergency kits with nonperishables to dozens of people too sick to shop and cook for themselves.
“They told us they heard our drivers were overloaded and wanted to volunteer to lighten the drivers’ workload,” Project Angel Food’s executive director, Richard Ayoub, told WEHOville, a local news site serving the West Hollywood community. “It’s really, really amazing. We loved having them and they are the most down-to-earth people.”
The couple, who a source says “were properly distanced and followed all of the organization’s strong protective guidelines,” made more than 20 deliveries on April 15. Harry and Meghan were eager to volunteer after hearing how the charity—which is currently accepting donations—has been struggling to keep up with increase in demand due to the COVID-19 crisis. In the past month alone, Project Angel Food has seen more than 400 new people sign up to receive services.
A source close to the Sussexes tells BAZAAR.com, “In many places, volunteers—which are needed now more than ever—are serving incredibly long hours to support others. The couple is grateful for all of those volunteers, and inspired by the frontline workers, essential workers, and people everywhere who are committed to responding to needs of their communities in this crisis.”
Project Angel Food was founded during the height of the AIDS crisis in 1989 to provide food and connection to those suffering with the disease and living in fear. Since then, the organization has gone on to serve millions of people suffering from a wide range of life-threatening illnesses. The nonprofit currently cooks and delivers more than 600,000 nutritious meals a year in the Los Angeles County area.