Frontline Foundation

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The Frontline Foundation, located in downtown Los Angeles, California, is a non-profit charity organization that serves emergency meals to people on Skid Row. As of July 2006, it had served over 860,000 meals. Each day volunteers serve over 200 homeless people.


The Frontline Foundation was founded in 1987 by Raymond Castellani, a former character actor who most often played bad guys in Westerns. During the 1970s, Castellani became homeless after a struggle with alcoholism. Initially, Frontline consisted of Castellani serving peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and a pot of coffee to a group of homeless people at 5th and San Pedro streets.[1] The Frontline Foundation grew to operate on a budget of approximately $60,000 per year. In 1995, President of the United States Bill Clinton honored Castellani with the President's Service Award, the United States' highest award for volunteers. As of 2017 Castellani continues to be active in the organization. The foundation recently served its 1,000,000th meal[2]


  1. ROTELLA, SEBASTIAN (1991-04-21). "He's at Home Battling Hunger on the Streets : Skid Row: Ray Castellani troubles some social-service officials with his curbside handouts". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2020-04-23. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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