KITCHEN ANGELS | 1222 Siler Rd Santa Fe, NM 87507 | 505.471.7780
JULY 2021
We have reached an important milestone. The governor set July 1st as "opening day" where businesses can once again operate at 100% capacity. As we make this transition and welcome more volunteers back into the building, Kitchen Angels wants to take a moment to express our sincere gratitude to the volunteers and staff who carried us through the past 16 months, during the worst of the pandemic. We could not have kept our doors open if it weren't for our courageous volunteers.
We will be hosting volunteer appreciation events . . . in person . . . once again, and we are eager to celebrate our accomplishments.

Last month, our Kitchenality volunteers were able to gather without masks and have a face-to-face evening at Cafecito.

Andres Paglayan, Cafecito's owner started a "Community Program" where they offer their lovely space on Shoofly Street, and complementary appetizers to one nonprofit organization each month. Kitchen Angels was the first recipient. We were honored and, in turn, got to honor our fine Kitchenality volunteers.

We know it's early, but mark your calendars for November 13th, when we will host our main volunteer event at Bishop's Lodge. We can't wait to see all those smiling faces in person!
Dwayne Trujillo and Cafecito owner Andres Paglayan
Since 98% of our volunteers are vaccinated or have immunity to the coronavirus from a previous Covid exposure, we've decided to make masks optional for volunteers who are FULLY VACCINATED. We still require that Kitchenality customers and front-of-house volunteers continue to wear masks. Delivery drivers are still required to wear masks when dropping off meals since we do still occasionally serve clients who are Covid positive and in quarantine. Masks also make many of our clients a bit more comfortable.

The mask-free option applies only to fully vaccinated people. If you are choosing to remain unvaccinated or are not yet three weeks out from your final shot, then remain masked during your entire volunteer shift. Continue to have conversations with your fellow crew members regarding comfort levels while volunteering and respect each other's choices. This is another opportunity to model the behavior you want to see in the community.

We recognize that it is your choice to be vaccinated or not. We also recognize that, if you're vaccinated, it is your choice to wear a mask or not. If you're not vaccinated, you must continue to wear a mask. If the number of infections begins to rise again, or if new information emerges regarding recommended safety protocols, we will adjust our policy accordingly and let you know.

Thank you to everyone for your adherence to our Covid-safe protocols. We have arrived at greater freedom because of you!
Sallie Hoefer of Soul Friend Flowers believes everyone should have access to fresh flowers, not just those with financial resources. Sally grows fresh flowers in her 1/5 acre yard and sells bouquet subscriptions. For every "bloom share" subscription she sells, she donates one bouquet to a Kitchen Angels client.

During July and August we will be distributing flower bouquets to our clients via our delivery volunteers. We love having the opportunity to brighten our clients' day by sharing gorgeous fresh cut flowers with them. If you would like to contribute to the cause, click here for Soul Friend Flowers and sign up for a subscription.
Tasty Tidbits
With a heatwave ravaging much of the country, who wants to spend any time cooking away in a hot kitchen? So let’s take the cooking outside to the grill since July is National Grilling Month. Apart from burgers and steaks, you can throw just about anything on the grill and Delish has 100 recipes to get you started. Grilled cheddar bacon ranch corn! Spicy grilled broccoli! The list is endless!

If you want to grill a steak, but don’t have time to defrost the ones sitting in your freezer there is actually a great way to cook steak from frozen according to Harvard professor and science writer Guy Crosby. Sear the steak on high heat to get that caramelized, browned outside and then pop it in the oven. Voila! Perfect steak without the hassle of defrosting. Get the full recipe at Pocket.
July 31 is also National Avocado Day! Although popular in California since the 1950s (and cultivated in South and Central America for over a thousand years), avocado consumption in the United States has skyrocketed since 2000.

But they are not just a delicious fruit. Avocados are packed with nutrients and are a healthy source of fat. Low in sugar and high in vitamins, the avocado might just be the perfect food. Medical News Today lists all of the health benefits of avocados including possibly lowering the risk of depression.

Yet when most of us reach for an avocado it isn’t necessarily for the health benefits, but for how delicious avocados are! Again, Delish delivers with fifty avocado recipes that will increase your avocado obsession. This reader is eyeing the baked avocado boats with breakfast envy.
Volunteer Opportunities
Delivery Volunteers (3:30-5:30)
  • Monday, Route #11 (S. on Cerrillos Rd.)
  • Monday, Route #20 (Santa Fe Suites)
  • Tuesday, Route #10 (Camino Carlos Rey)
  • Wednesday, Route #3 (N. on Cerrillos)
  • Thursday, Route #6 (Miguel Chavez)
  • Friday, Route #20 (Santa Fe Suites)

Substitute Delivery Volunteers
  • Monday - Friday (3:30-5:30)

Kitchen Volunteers
  • Wednesday PM shift - permanent (1-3)
  • M - F AM shifts - substitute (10-12)
  • M - F PM shift - substitute (1-3)

Delivery Prep Volunteers (1:00 - 4:15)
  • Thursday permanent
  • Friday permanent starting in August
  • M-F Substitutes
Continuing Education
As everyone already knows, the Covid-19 pandemic created a sense of isolation in many lives. As we begin to venture back out into the world to see friends and family, many older adults still face loneliness and seclusion. Such a lifestyle, deliberate or not, can lead to serious health disorders and an increased risk of dementia, depression, and anxiety.

No one wants to go through life alone, which is why July 11 is Cheer Up the Lonely Day. If you know someone who lives alone or might need a bit of social interaction there are many easy ways to engage with them. From simple things like calling them on the phone or going on a walk, to slightly more extravagant things like dropping off a present or making them food, even the smallest things can positively affect someone’s life. Visiting someone in the hospital can even lead to improved outcomes and a shorter length of stay.

Although Cheer up the Lonely is only once a year, we can probably all manage to make reaching out to isolated people part of our regular lives.
Kitchen Angels' Caring Callers program addresses the loneliness issue by pairing callers with homebound clients. We currently have more clients than callers and are seeking volunteers for this program. If you are friendly and have the time to call and speak with a new friend once or twice a week, please contact Tamara at extension 207 or
Community Connections...
Annette Hobbs helps transport the poinsettias each year.
For the past 10 years, Malcolm Newman of Newman's Nursery has been donating poinsettias to Kitchen Angels. We distribute the plants in December and many clients look forward to the seasonal splash of color. July is when Newman's begins planting the poinsettias so they are fully grown by the winter holidays.

During the summer season, we hope you chose Newman's for all of your gardening needs. Show your appreciation for their community-spirit by thanking them for giving to Kitchen Angels clients.
Thank You
We are so happy to see some volunteers returning after many months away during the pandemic. We lost about two thirds of our volunteers almost overnight. Quite a few of our volunteers had underlying health conditions, or lived with someone who did, and couldn't risk coming in. There was so much we didn't know at first, and it was a frightening time for all of us.

Please welcome back our returning volunteers and be patient with them. Some folks have been very isolated and aren't used to working in a group again. Things have also changed significantly within Kitchen Angels and change isn't always easy. We love to see our dedicated volunteers returning and can't wait to see your smiling faces!
Delivery prep volunteers Scott (left) and Lily (right) welcome long-time volunteer Richard Arens to the Wednesday team.
Kitchen Angels staff has recently enjoyed a bit of well-deserved vacation time. Thanks to Tamara P. for filling in for Jeanette and Lauren, and to Karen C. for taking over the kitchen for Joe. Our gratitude also goes out to the volunteers who worked extra shifts and stepped up to take on more responsibility in the kitchen.

Our small staff holds much detailed knowledge about operations. It's not always easy to step in and keep things running smoothly, but our part-time and contract staff do amazing jobs. Don't forget to show your appreciation next time you see them!

5 Years
Rob Lipscomb
Barbara Shoemaker
Evan Shover

1 Year
Bob Cothran
Bev Fleisher
Ward Flowers
Molly MacInnes
Bruce Palmer

Celebrating the lives of our volunteers and clients

Frank Diluzio
Thank you for your on-going dedication and support of Kitchen Angels and the community of Santa Fe. Please forward this email to a friend. It's a great way to share our mission with new folks who may want to join our group.