#FieldDayFriday: A Loving Spoonful

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Watch for #FieldDayFriday on Vancouver Is Awesome every Friday during the month of August, where I’ll be posting from someone else’s workplace pad.

On the fringe of Yaletown, in a nondescript building a small charity with a really giving heart is delivering healthy, fresh food to people living with HIV and AIDS. To date, A Loving Spoonful has delivered more than 2 million meals. And today, with the support of some very generous organizations, I got to help spread some charity cheer.

Armed with macarons by Kitchening & Co. and coffee from Doi Chaang to share with staff, I started my workday with a tour of the office/warehouse with Cindy Chiu, Dietician and Acting Director of Client Services as my guide: a large garage for volunteer delivery drivers to easily access the kitchen, a prep area for volunteers to pack meals on delivery day, walk-in fridge and freezers, and pantry shelves where clients can drop in and select from an assortment of non perishable food items donated by Urban Fare and other local grocers. And while much of the real work happens in the kitchen, the best room is the boardroom. Filled to the rafters with party supplies for the lively galas they host annually, it’s a treasure trove of awards they’ve received, past event posters, and the staging area for future events — like September 8th’s Awesome Race.

Every Tuesday, teams of volunteers and staff prep, pack and deliver weekly supplies for both individual quick-prepare meals and healthy snack packs, and pantry packs for families, all while meeting the many dietary restrictions, needs and wants of their clients. Throughout the day, clients joined us in the office for meetings and to pick up meals. And we all pitched in when a big donation of rice arrived.

Meanwhile, Kitchening surprised A Loving Spoonful with a very generous $500 donation to accompany their delicious macarons.

This is Lisa Martella, Executive Director of A Loving Spoonful, ringing the “excitement-bell” to celebrate. And since we couldn’t possibly stop the celebration there, Adria Karchut, Director of Development + Volunteer Services, and I took a short field trip to Trialto, a Yaletown wine agency, to pick up bottles of La Posta Melbec and Truett Hurst Fuchsia. We’re all ready for a weekend #wineoclock.

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Crystal spends her days working with organizations who want to harness the power of community. She's fascinated by human networks and her curiosities lead her to write about the culture of work and community events.