Dining Out For Life 2017 returns on Thursday, March 30
The 23rd annual Dining Out For Life fundraiser is taking place on Thursday, March 30, 2017.
On that day, Dining Out For Life participating restaurants from Whistler to White Rock and across the Lower Mainland will donate 25% of their food sales in support of local men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS.
By patronizing a partner restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Thursday, March 30, 2017, you’ll be supporting HIV/AIDS care right here at home.
Over the past 23 years, Dining Out For Life has raised over $3 million, with proceeds directly benefiting the programs and services provided free-of-charge by registered not-for-profit A Loving Spoonful. These include:
•An average of 100,000 meals per year delivered to individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS in Metro Vancouver, with more than 70% of the families on the service headed by a single mother
•Wellness Program nutritional counselling and meal planning
•People helped through the charities’ programs are often affected by multiple and co-existing illnesses such as cancer, hepatitis C, heart disease and mental illness
On Thursday, March 30, 2017, join thousands of guests who are Doing Good by Dining Out.
An up-to-date list of participating restaurants is available at www.diningoutforlife.ca
HIV/AIDS IN THE LOWER MAINLAND: In 2011, the Public Health Agency of Canada estimated 71,300 people living with HIV/AIDS in Canada — with over 25% residing in British Columbia. Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside maintains the highest HIV prevalence in the Western world, reaching as high 27%. While new infection rates in B.C. have thankfully decreased, advanced therapies mean people with HIV/AIDS are living longer and the number of people who depend A Loving Spoonful’s services continues to grow.
ABOUT A LOVING SPOONFUL: A Loving Spoonful provides free, healthy, nutritious meals and nutritional counselingto individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS in Metro Vancouver. They collaborate closely with doctors, dieticians, nurses, case managers and community partners for referrals and client care. They are especially proud of their new partnership with Mava Foods located in Richmond, BC. The ability to acquire our meals from a local supplier has been incredibly beneficial. Their dedicated volunteers use their own cars, gas and time to ensure those in the community are fed. But, with approximately 20% government funding, the rest of the outreach budget must be raised through fundraising events like Dining Out for Life.