Project Angel Heart is without a doubt one of Colorado’s most important charities, providing meals to our state’s homebound residents with life-threatening illnesses. So many of the Coloradans served by the program are in a position where they must choose between paying other essential bills and buying food, and without receiving meals from Project Angel Heart, they would no longer be able to live independently.
Next Thursday, April 27th, Project Angel Heart is holding one of its most important fundraisers of the year: Dining Out For Life. The one-day event involves more than 250 metro-area restaurants, who for one day will donate 25-percent of their proceeds to the non-profit. Restaurants serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even a handful of breweries and happy hour favorites will be ready for business and charity. A complete list of participants can be found on the Project Angel Heart website, which includes everything from City O’ City and Fruition to The Cherry Cricket, Panzano, and Tamayo. Bonus: Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs will donate 100-percent of Thursday’s earnings (they’ve even created a signature frankfurter, the Angel Dog), and Voodoo Doughnut Mile High is donating proceeds the entire month of April for their School Daze doughnut. (Hint, hint: go out to eat at one of the participating restaurants that day, folks!)
What is Project Angel Heart
Project Angel Heart is a lot more than volunteers making meals and delivering them to home-bound people’s doors. There are three shifts of volunteers working every day, cooking up a myriad variations to suite every type of patient. For variety’s sake, there are very few repeats of a menu item in a 90-day time period, with exceptions being ones that are popular with clients. Project Angel Heart also modifies each day’s menu to best suit the nutritional needs of its clients, making multiple variations of dishes suited towards specific nutritional needs based on their illness, allergies, treatments, and religious beliefs.
The meals are packaged into freezer trays, frozen, and delivered in a one-week supply to clients from satellite sites in Denver and Colorado Springs. Around 120 volunteers drive the meals to clients’ homes for door-to-door delivery, serving 1,200 meals a day to some 2,900 people for as long as they are eligible to receive the service.
None of the invaluable work Project Angel Heart does every day would be possible without the community partnerships they have. The non-profit receives local produce donated by area CSAs and have solid relationships with companies like Meyer Ranch and Seattle Fish that provide them with reasonably priced grass-fed beef and sustainable seafood. Project Angel Heart strives to use every bit of ingredient and what they cannot use, they recycle. The organization is also part of the Green Denver Program, striving to improve sustainability every year. Volunteers are also crucial to Project Angel Heart’s mission, doing everything from bag decorating to meal prep and delivery. Vesta alum Chef Brandon Foster helms the kitchen, ordering, preparing, and executing operations at a massive scale.
Dining Out For Life is now in its 23rd year, reigning in community support from local restaurants and diners across the metro area. Don’t miss your chance to support this incredible organization next Thursday, April 27th at any of the 250 local restaurants serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and happy hour (there are even some breweries participating!). Dine out and do good with Dining Out For Life.
By Rebecca Treon, Editor