Dine out and do good: Dining Out For Life returns Thursday, April 2, 2020

BC’s Largest Hospitality Fundraiser Returns

Dining Out For Life returns to the Lower Mainland and Whistler
on Thursday, April 2, 2020

The 26th annual Dining Out For Life fundraiser in support of A Loving Spoonful will take place on Thursday, April 2, 2020.

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.

Ask for Luigi

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.

Bells and Whistles
photo credit: Jonathan Norton

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.

Pourhouse Burger
photo credit: Chris Giannako

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
photo credit: Jonathan Norton

On Thursday, April 2, 2020 join thousands of people across the Lower Mainland who are doing good by dining out.

Participating Restaurants (at time of publication):


  • In 2018, a total of 2,561 HIV diagnoses were reported in Canada, an increase of 8.2% compared with 2017
  • The national diagnosis rate increased to 6.9 per 100,000 population in 2018, from 6.5 per 100,000 population in 2017

ABOUT A LOVING SPOONFUL: A Loving Spoonful provides free, healthy, nutritious meals and nutritional counselling to individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS and other co-existing illness such as Cancer, Hep C and Diabetes. Due to the complex medical conditions of our clients, A Loving Spoonful collaborates closely with doctors, dieticians, nurses, case managers and community partners for referrals and client care. A Loving Spoonful works with engaged local businesses such as Richmond’s Mava Foods as well as an army of dedicated volunteers who use their own cars, gas and time to ensure people in need in the community are fed. But, with approximately 20% government funding, the rest of A Loving Spoonful’s outreach budget must be raised through events such as Dining Out For Life.

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Media release and images provided by Steven Schelling, Camber Communications. Feature image: Forage

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