Our History

Caring for Friends is known for doing a lot with a little.

“No one should be hungry or alone in a world of caring people”

Rita Ungaro-Schiavone

Where Caring for Friends Comes In

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.

Key Milestones


For every $1 you donate, we can provide at least one meal. Learn about all the ways you can help others.


Caring for Friends has a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups of all sizes and ages.

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If you or someone you know is in need of food or friendship, we want to help.

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