Caring for Friends

Sharing food and friendship


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It all started with Rita Ungaro-Schiavone’s idea of providing food and friendship.

Rita Ungaro-Schiavone started Aid for Friends in her home in 1974. Rita, who began a food program at the Archdiocese, encountered many neighbors in need and was determined that no one be hungry or alone in a world of caring people. While volunteering at the YWCA, she saw a need for food AND friendship and began delivering homecooked meals to homebound people.

Fifty years and one name change later, Caring for Friends has expanded to a network of 10,000 volunteers & 200 food pantries providing food and friendship in 5 counties.


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Caring for Friends (formerly Aid for Friends)

A 501(c)(3) Public Charity

EIN 23-2072722