On that day, participating Dining Out For Life restaurants across the Lower Mainland and Whistler will donate 25% of their food sales in support of individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS and co-existing illnesses.
By patronizing any of dozens of partner restaurants for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Thursday, April 2, you’ll be supporting people in need right here at home.
Events such as Dining Out For Life have allowed registered, not-for-profit A Loving Spoonful to deliver over 2.6 Million meals to our clients over the last 25 years — all this with the help of hundreds of dedicated volunteer drivers who donate their time and pay for their own gas to keep things running.
Despite incredible advancements in HIV/AIDS care and treatment since its founding, A Loving Spoonful’s nutritional and emotional support services in Greater Vancouver are as in-demand as ever, with the added obstacle of the rising cost of healthy, nutritious food.
The cost of meal provision, A Loving Spoonful’s largest operational expense, has soared in recent years, with the price of a single client meal rising from $3.55 in 2018 to $4.33 in 2020! This 22% increase represents approximately $78,000 in additional funds required to maintain the same number of meals.
Meanwhile, the services needed for individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS remain constant, and we continue to receive client referrals daily from doctors and case workers. HIV may not be as top of mind for community members and donor dollar commitments, but their help is needed more than ever.
Participation in Dining Out For Life directly benefits the ongoing programs and services provided free-of-charge by A Loving Spoonful. These include:
- An average of 100,000 meals and snacks per year home-delivered to individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS in Metro Vancouver
- Nutritional counselling and meal planning
- Emotional support and human interaction
- Main point of contact for services to our clients, who are often affected by multiple and co-existing illnesses such as cancer, Hep C, heart disease and mental illness