The Angel's Depot History

In 2005, The Angel’s Depot Founder and Executive Director Susan Hall learned that 50,000 San Diego County seniors live in poverty with inadequate aid to provide for their most basic needs.  Ms. Hall, a seasoned nonprofit professional, founded The Angel's Depot on July 17, 2005, a 501(c)3 charity with no religious affiliation.  The mission is to provide food for the elderly poor living in San Diego County and to help improve the quality of their lives.  Further, the mission is to promote community awareness and support for impoverished seniors and to act as a conduit to other available senior resources.

Seniors in need are men and women of the generations who fought wars, paid taxes and built this country.  They are proud generations who find it difficult to ask for help and yet, struggle to maintain their dignity and independence. 

To address this crisis, Ms. Hall developed the "Senior Emergency Meal Box” Program, a unique, simple and efficient senior feeding strategy that engages the community in solving senior hunger.  These Senior Emergency Meal Boxes are specially formulated to meet the nutrition needs of seniors living with food insecurity and at-risk for malnutrition. Selected food items are high in protein, fiber and folates with moderate sugar.

The Angel’s Depot developed a strategy to solve senior hunger which includes 4 Program Components: 

1.) Senior Emergency Meal Boxes

2.) Senior Advocacy & Case Management

3.)  Community Education ~ Plight of the Local Elderly Poor 

4.) Community Outreach ~ Giving ~ Volunteering ~ Food Drives

The implementation of this program included recruiting a corps of over 5,800 Volunteers who have initiated over 1,250 Major Food Drives and donated nearly 33,000 Volunteer Man Hours . . . a huge source of manpower!  The Angel’s Depot is proud to count over 6,000 local supporters in their ranks, including DonorsFood Drive Angels and Volunteers! 

The Depot initiates numerous fundraising events each year and in 2009, started an S.O.S. Campaign (Saving Our Seniors) that enables the community to sponsor Senior Emergency Meal Boxes for needy seniors for $25 each, the hard cost of the food and cardboard box.  Since March 2009, the S.O.S. Campaign has raised $ 263,950 with the help of caring and generous supporters.  S.O.S. Campaign kicks-off annually every March 17th at the St. Patrick’s Day Party!

2015 Upcoming Events: 

✔  8th Annual “Soup & Beans Contest”

February 1 through 27th; Flyer to be mailed out with TAD Calendar to both TAD Supporters and Local Schools. 

Purpose:  Raise Senior Hunger Awareness  and Collect Soup & Beans for Senior Emergency Meal Boxes.

✔  7th Annual “St. Patrick’s Day Party ~ S.O.S. Campaign Kick-Off”

Tuesday, March 17, Depot Warehouse on St. Patrick’s Day Depot Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner, Entertainment, Irish Trivia, Prizes!

Purpose:  Call Attention to the Opportunity to Sponsor $25 Senior Emergency Meal Boxes for Seniors Living in Poverty.

✔  3rd Annual “A Gathering of Eagles”

Thursday, June 18, U.S. Grant Hotel

Notable Speakers, Luncheon, LIVE Auction

Purpose:  Raise Funds & Cultivate Corporate Community

✔  9th Annual “Angel's Day at the Races”

Friday, August 7, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

Twilight Racing & Dinner

Purpose:  Raise Funds & Cultivate Corporate/Major Donors

✔  10th Annual “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” GALA

Saturday, November 14, Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa

GALA Evening including Dinner, LIVE & Silent Auctions, Entertainment and presentation of Community Excellence Awards

Purpose:  Raise Funds & Cultivate Corporate/Major Donors

✔  Encinitas Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 5, 2015 on Saturday 5:00 p.m.  

“Angel 01” dresses up for the holidays and Depot Elves walk along the parade Route carrying  Senior Emergency Meal Boxes adorned with Big Red Holiday Bows. 

Purpose:  Great Visibility and P.R. in the Coastal and Rancho Santa Fe Communities.

✔  “Holiday Party in the Warehouse”

December 17, 2015 ~ Depot Supporters and Key Volunteers were invited to bring their familiesto a beautifully decorated Depot Warehouse with a Christmas Tree and Christmas Lights galore. 

Hosted by the Board of Directors, the evening  features, a “pot luck” dinner, music, entertainment, desserts and a little holiday gift for all guests.  A talented caricature artist draws all our guests! 

Purpose:  End of the Year Thank You for Depot Supporters and Key Volunteers.

Stay tuned . . . more DEPOT History in the making!

Start-up funding came from the County of San Diego, Caesar’s Foundation, Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, Lusardi Foundation, Young Cadillac and concerned citizens.  Hall donated her salary for the first five years, taking only a $10,000 stipend.  The Depot’s doors opened on May 31, 2006 with a grand event, over 300 guests, Marine Corps Band, notable guest speakers and a packing of the first 341 Senior Emergency Meal Boxes.

Now, celebrating 106 Months of Operation, the Depot is proud to have provided 68,998 FREE Emergency Senior Meal Boxes containing food for 1,448,958 meals, using 1,655,952 pounds of nutritious food.  Each month over 900 seniors receive this food lifeline at 24 Distribution Sites countywide. We celebrated distributing our ONE MILLIONTH POUND OF FOOD in December 2012 and our ONE MILLIONTH MEAL + an additional 10,000 meals in March 2013 . . . as referenced above, we have bested and grown those numbers each month!

For her successes in advocating for, and serving impoverished seniors, Susan Hall has received: the “2012 Woman of the Year” award for State Assembly District 74 from Assemblyman Martin Garrick; Channel 10News Leadership Award; San Diego Business Journal's "Women Who Mean Business" and "Healthcare Champions" Awards; and was one of only five National Finalists in the 2011 AARP Hunger Hero Award contest.

On June 8, 2012, The Angel's Depot was named "Community Organization of 2012" by the Escondido Chamber of Commerce.

The Angel’s Depot largest single gift to date:  Walmart State Giving $100,000 Grant in late 2013.

In February 2014, the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, CA announced their collaboration with The Angel’s Depot to provide “AniMeals” for impoverished seniors receiving the Depot’s Senior Emergency Meal Boxes.

Largest gift to date: 2015 & 2016: $200,000 Archstone Foundation ($100,000 each year)

Stay tuned . . . more history to come . . . as The Angel’s Depot makes it!

Founding Partners

These are the wonderful people who first believed . . .
they are the "Angels" in The Angel's Depot!

County of San Diego
Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians
Caesar's Foundation

2008 Rincon Check

Rincon Council Packing

Rincon Tribe Packing

Rincon Tribe After Packing


Honorary Board Members
Janet Beronio
Regional President, Harrah’s Rincon Casino & Resort and Ak Chin Casino & Resort
Carla DiMare, J.D.
Corporate Attorney, Rancho Santa Fe, CA & Boston, MA
Jack Feller
Councilmember, Oceanside City Council
Derek J. Lobo, J.D.
Partner, Page, Lobo & Costales
Debra Lusardi
Owner, Lusardi Construction
Richard Romanello
Owner, Holiday Travel of America
John Sanders
Owner CHM Hotels
Ted Vallas, Sr.
Owner, California Pacific Airlines
Officers of the Board
Al Pfeltz
President of the Board – Founding Board Member
Owner, Sun Wireless
Dale Ganzow
1st Vice President of the Board
Sales Manager, San Diego Business Journal
Al Guerin
2nd Vice President of the Board
Assistant Sheriff, SDSO, Retired
Susan S. Hall
Secretary of the Board – Founding Board Member
Founder & Executive Director, The Angel's Depot
Kathy Edlin
Treasurer of the Board
V.P., District Manager, Wells Fargo Bank
Board Members
Russell Barbour
Market Sales Director, So. California, Humana
Julia Cain
Senior Manager, HR Systems, Qualcomm
Honorable Martin W. Garrick
President, Admiralty Property Company
CA State Assemblyman 2006-2012
Juanita Hayes
Public Affairs Manager, SDG&E
Robin Zetts
Director of Continuous Improvement, Harrah’s Rincon Casino & Resort
Lydia Bustos
Founding Board Member, passed away on August 1, 2010, and is greatly missed.

Financial Information

To review The Angel's Depot 2015 Budget, please click here.

To review The Angel's Depot 2013 990 Tax Return, please click here.
To review The Angel's Depot 2013 CA 199 Tax Return, please click here.
To review The Angel's Depot 2012 990 Tax Return, please click here.
To review The Angel's Depot 2011 990 Tax Return, please click here.
To review The Angel's Depot 2010 990 Tax Return, please click here.
To review The Angel's Depot 2009 990 Tax Return, please click here.
To review The Angel's Depot 2008 990 Tax Return, please click here.
To review The Angel's Depot 2007 990 Tax Return, please click here.
To review The Angel's Depot 2006 990 Tax Return, please click here.

To review The Angel's Depot 2012 Audited Financial Statements, please click here.
To review The Angel's Depot 2011 Audited Financial Statements, please click here.
To review The Angel's Depot 2010 Audited Financial Statements, please click here.
To review The Angel's Depot 2009 Audited Financial Statements, please click here.

Grand Opening ~ May 31, 2006

It was a GRAND OPENING on May 31, 2006!

341 "Senior Food-for-a-Week" Emergency Food Boxes were packed
by volunteers after the Ribbon Cutting!

Photographs compliments of Michael Elliott.

Site last updated February 23, 2015