On Thursday, March 10, Dining Out For Life returns for its 22nd year in support of individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS and other serious illnesses in B.C.
Since 1994, hundreds of participating restaurants from Whistler to White Rock and across the Lower Mainland have donated 25 percent of one day’s food sales to local, registered not-for-profits Friends For Life and A Loving Spoonful.
With over 100 participating restaurants, this remains British Columbia’s largest hospitality fundraiser, and over the last two decades has raised nearly $3 million for its two beneficiaries.
“When you dine out you are putting food on the plates of many individuals and their families living with HIV/AIDS,” says Lisa Martella, Executive Director at A Loving Spoonful.
A Loving Spoonful provides free, nutritious meals to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS in Greater Vancouver and the surrounding areas. In the last year alone, A Loving Spoonful has provided over 100,000 meals to those who need it most. Meals are delivered weekly by a team of dedicated volunteers. ‘The Spoon’, as it is affectionately known, operates five distinctive meal programs, ensuring that each individual client receives a food service that best suits their needs. One of these programs is ‘The Family Pantry’, a unique and pro-active food service that provides pantry essentials, fresh fruit, vegetables and dairy products to families living with HIV/AIDS.
Friends For Life supports people living with life-threatening illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, their families and their caregivers. This leading wellness centre was formed with the belief that no-one should face a serious illness alone, and offers a broad range of complementary and integrative therapies aimed at shifting the focus from illness to wellness. Programs include massage/body work, yoga, Naturopathic and Traditional Chinese Medicine, a nutrition/meals program and care for individuals confined to their homes.
Dining Out For Life takes place on Thursday, March 10. Visit http://diningoutforlife.ca for more information.