A Loving Spoonful is a local Not-for-profit Organization, which has been going twenty-five years strong providing free, nutritious meals to people living with HIV/AIDS in Greater Vancouver. The group recently moved into the East Village area about a year ago, doubling their space from their previous location. This means there is even more room to service people in the community. Executive Director Lisa Martella has been with A Loving Spoonful coming up eight years, and tells us it’s uplifting to see so many who are helped by the service the group provides. “I’ve seen the turn around on someone’s life, getting his or her confidence back,” Lisa says. “I’ve seen single moms with kids being able to go back to work again, and they still keep in touch. It’s extremely rewarding to know that the job we are doing everyday is really making a difference and impacting people’s lives in a really positive way.” As a registered Not-for-profit, A Loving Spoonful receives 77% of its funding from private donations and grants, rather than government funding. Fundraising and special events, private and corporate donations all help keep things going – and the group is transparent about cost. The average cost of a meal is $3.55 per person, so you know where your dollars are going when you make a donation. “The public really believes in our mission and what we are doing in the community, and is willing to put their dollars behind it,” Lisa tells us. There is a hard-working staff of seven at A Loving Spoonful; 2 part-time, 5 full-time, 1 contract – plus an army of 250+ volunteers who help with all sorts of administrative work, packing food, delivering food and special events. Every Tuesday is delivery day, where volunteer drivers will come pick up food and deliver it to people who need it most. “We have about 5 signature events or campaigns a year but also there are lots of third party events where people in the community will hold little events to raise money,” Lisa tells us. The next fundraiser is Project Empty Bowl, taking place Thursday, June 11th at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel. Since its inception in the early 1990’s Project Empty Bowl has fed thousands of individuals with AIDS locally and tens of thousands globally. Visit A Loving Spoonful’s website for more information, and stay social on Twitter and Facebook.