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 Food-for-a-Week" 21-Meal Emergency Food 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 strategy to solve senior hunger included development of the Senior Emergency Meal Boxes, Senior Advocacy and Community Education and Community Outreach. The implementation of this program included recruiting a corps of over 5,000 volunteers who have given over 30,000 volunteer 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 231,464.31 with the help of caring and generous supporters. 

Other major 2014 events scheduled: 

Juice Newton in Concert Moonlight Amphitheatre ~ Saturday evening, May 24, 2014 ~ Kick-Off to the Vista Chamber of Commerce Strawberry Festival on May 25th.

Angel’s Day at the Races ~ Friday, August 8 ~ famous Del Mar Turf Club overlooking the Del Mar Racetrack Finish Line ~ Twilight Racing with Post Time at 4:00 p.m.!

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” ~ 9th Annual Gala Evening on November 22, 2014 ~ Honoring Survivors of the Chosin Reservoir Battle in Korea ~ Features “Holiday LIVE Auction”  ~ Dinner ~ Annual Excellence Awards ~ Elegant Dinner ~ Entertainment ~ Details to be Announced.

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 95 Months of Operation, the Depot is proud to have provided 57,692 FREE Emergency Senior Meal Boxes containing food for 1,211,532 meals, using 1,384,608 pounds of nutritious food.  Each month nearly 1,000 seniors receive this food lifeline at 20 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’sSenior Emergency Meal Boxes.

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
William Kenney, M.D.
Emergency Physician, Scripps Encinitas Hospital
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
Russell Barbour
Treasurer of the Board
Market Sales Director, So. California, Humana
Board Members
Juanita Hayes
Public Affairs Manager, SDG&E
Robin Zetts
Director of Continuous Improvement, Harrah’s Rincon Casino & Resort
Kathy Edlin
V.P., District Manager, Wells Fargo Bank
Lydia Bustos
Founding Board Member, passed away on August 1, 2010, and is greatly missed.

Financial Information

To review The Angel's Depot 2014 Budget, 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 27, 2014

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