“Dining Out for Life” Partners with “A Loving Spoonful” to Feed the Community

Event Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018
Event Time:  6:00 a.m. to midnight

Dining Out for Life is an annual fundraising event which raises money for AIDS service organizations. On March 22, join Dining Out for Life in the Vancouver/Whistler areas, and help make a positive difference for those living with HIV/AIDS. On this date, well-known partner restaurants in our communities, will contribute 25% of their food sales to A Loving Spoonful.

A Loving Spoonful was founded in 1989 by Easter Armas, when she saw a friend who had lost his job after contracting HIV/AIDS, eating food from a dumpster. Witnessing this devastation, Easter was inspired to do something to help. She began preparing home-cooked meals for people in the community who were living with HIV/AIDS. Back then, it was called the Vancouver Meals Society, and was eventually renamed in 1994 to A Loving Spoonful. It was the first-ever meal program in Canada to provide free meals to the men, women and children of Vancouver living with HIV/AIDS. Today, nearly 30 years later, this volunteer-based, non-partisan organization provides more than 100,000 nutritious meals every year to 250+ clients.

If you like spending time with friends, enjoying great food, and you want to be part of something bigger, this is your chance! Mark your calendar for Thursday, March 22, 2018, call up your besties and make plans to dine out for breakfast, lunch or supper, at any one of the “Dining Out for Life” participating restaurants. It’s that easy!

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, as of 2011, an estimated 71,300 people were living with HIV/AIDS in Canada. The greatest number of people in the Western world, with HIV/AIDS live in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, representing as much as 27% of the total.

A Loving Spoonful is our close neighbour, just two minutes from The Flag Shop doorstep, and like us, is one of the many member businesses of the East Village BIA, contributing to the vitality and well-being of our community.

Dining Out for Life and A Loving Spoonful, here’s to the best year yet!