Facts and FAQs
The challenges of HIV/AIDS are many, our vision but one: to enhance the quality of life of men, women, and children living with HIV by meeting their basic need for food.
Our mission is simple. A Loving Spoonful is a volunteer-driven, non-partisan society that provides free nutritious meals to people living with HIV in the Greater Vancouver area.
Our belief is by meeting this fundamental need, we improve our clients’ health and well being, enabling them to focus on life's other challenges.
A Few Facts about A Loving Spoonful
- A Loving Spoonful delivers 100,000 free, nutritious meals to men, women and children living with HIV and AIDS in the Greater Vancouver Area each year.
- The average daily cost for each meal is $3.55.
- A Loving Spoonful is a volunteer-driven charity that boasts over 150 active volunteers, four full-time staff, and two part-time staff.
- The charity operates under the mission statement that “No one living with AIDS should live with hunger.”
- As many of 80% of AIDS deaths are immediately precipitated by malnutrition rather than by the disease itself. Unfortunately, some people who are HIV+ or who have developed AIDS lack the physical endurance or resources to properly feed themselves.
- There are many ways to help A Loving Spoonful. You can volunteer your time, donate funds or donate gifts in kind. Display our “Make A Dish Come True” coin canister in your business.
- A Loving Spoonful also produces two major in-house fundraising events each year for which we require sponsorship, prizes and silent auction items. Please consider contributing to Project Empty Bowl, or the World AIDS Day Luncheon.
- A Loving Spoonful receives 77% of its funding from private donations and grants, rather than government funding.
- A Loving Spoonful spends 8% of all revenues on salaries and other costs to raise those dollars.
- Administration costs account for 9% of total expenses per year.
- Service and program delivery accounts for 83% of A Loving Spoonful’s budget.