Dining Out For Life Turns 25!
BC’s largest restaurant fundraiser reaches 25-year milestone
on Thursday, March 14, 2019
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 individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS and co-existing illnesses. By patronizing a partner restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Thursday, March 14, 2019, you’ll be part of BC’s largest restaurant fundraiser, supporting people in need right here at home.
Looking back on DOFL’s 25-year history, so much has changed. While there have been incredible advancements in HIV/AIDS care and treatment, A Loving Spoonful’s mandate to provide nutritional and emotional support services is as in-demand as ever. And, unfortunately, HIV transmission rates are up in Canada.
It’s estimated that six people become newly infected with HIV each and every single day across the country. No longer the death sentence it was when Dining Out For Life Vancouver/Whistler launched in 1994, people with HIV are thankfully living longer. But this is putting new strains on resources. Over 30 people per month are referred to A Loving Spoonful by doctors, dieticians and case workers, and in the past year, seniors (60+) have become the charity’s fastest growing demographic.
Over the past 25 years, DOFL has raised over $3.75M, with all 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 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
For every $3.55 raised, a healthy meal will be provided to someone in need, right here in our community!
On Thursday, March 14, 2019, join thousands of people across the Lower Mainland who are doing good by dining out.
An up-to-date list of participating restaurants is available at www.diningoutforlife.ca. New restaurants added daily, so keep visiting the website for updated listings.
HIV/AIDS IN THE LOWER MAINLAND:
- 1.8 million people contracted Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) worldwide in 2017.
- There are over 63,000 people in Canada living with HIV.
- A total of 2,402 new HIV diagnoses were reported in Canada in 2017 — an increase of 3% over 2016 and an increase of 17.1% since 2014.
- The national diagnosis rate increased slightly as well, from 6.4 per 100,000 population in 2016 to 6.5 per 100,000 population in 2017.
— source: Haddad N, Li JS, Totten S, McGuire M. HIV in Canada–Surveillance Report, 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.