KITCHEN ANGELS | 1222 Siler Rd Santa Fe, NM 87507 | 505.471.7780
JUNE 2021
Tasty Tidbits
As the days get hotter in New Mexico during the month of June, sometimes only a refreshing iced tea will quench your thirst. June 10th is actually National Iced Tea Day so it might be a good time to refresh your iced tea recipes. Bon Appetit, of course, has a thorough rundown of all the best iced tea recipes with its top ten iced teas. Plus, it has a guide on how to make the best iced tea once you have made your choice. If you want to get a little fancier, make your iced tea with a Japanese twist by putting loose tea leaves over ice and wait for the ice to melt. Once melted, give the tea a stir and serve. This writer cannot wait to try this method.

A week after National Iced Tea Day (and probably the more important holiday) is Father’s Day. For those celebrating their dad (or dads or grandpas or parents) there is nothing sweeter than a home-cooked meal to show your love. Delish has a list of 55 recipes that would be great for a Father’s Day feast, or even just a regular Sunday night dinner. The guacamole cheeseburgers look especially fabulous.
If Father’s Day isn’t your jam, maybe a summer solstice party is more up your alley. Litha is the celebration of the summer solstice and is a real holiday for those who follow Wicca and Pagan religions, so it is best to celebrate with seasonally appropriate foods. This menu at Learn Religious looks amazing. It even has a recipe for lemon balm tea, an herb that you can easily grow in your own summer garden!
Volunteer Opportunities
Many of our volunteers have spring fever and are traveling right now. We need substitute volunteers. Here's the list of our current needs:
Delivery Volunteers (3:30-5:30)
  • Monday, Route #20 (Santa Fe Suites)
  • Tuesday, Route #2 (Downtown)
  • Wednesday, Route #3 (N. on Cerrillos)
  • Thursday, Route #6 (Miguel Chavez)
  • Friday, Route #16 (South Santa Fe)
  • Friday, Route #20 (Santa Fe Suites)

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

Substitute Kitchen Volunteers
  • Monday - Friday AM shift (10-12)
  • Monday - Friday PM shift (1-3)

Delivery Prep Volunteers
  • Wednesday permanent (1-4:15)
  • M-F Substitute (1-4:15)
Continuing Education
Our clients are on service for a range of physical and/or mental health challenges. It’s easy to understand a hospice client’s need for service but what about clients suffering from more hidden illnesses? Clients who appear physically healthy may be struggling with seizure disorders, mental health challenges or Traumatic Brain Injury.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) encompasses a range of injuries from concussions to aneurysms where memory, cognition and the ability to perform basic tasks are all impacted. A person can look vital and healthy but have serious challenges. Clients may lose track of time, forget agreed upon procedures, or behave in uncomfortable or difficult ways.

It can be challenging to deliver meals to some of our clients with TBI because of their forgetfulness or erratic behavior. If you don't know why a client is on service (because they "seem fine" or can't seem to be home during delivery), please reach out to Jeanette. She can help explain some of the more hidden conditions with which some clients struggle and troubleshoot how to make a successful meal delivery.

Know that your efforts are appreciated by our clients, even if they can't always express that appreciation. As Stella W. recently wrote, “You have very much made a difference in my life. Because of my brain injury, I would forget and walk away from open flames and food in the oven. You keep me nourished in a healthful way.”

Click here to view a great infographic that explains the different faces of TBI, or here if you would like to go deeper on the subject.
Community Connections...
When the CDC announced that vaccinated individuals no longer needed to wear masks indoors or out, it was quite a surprise and we weren't entirely sure what to do next. Lauren spoke to many of our volunteers and found out that most were flexible with our response. We decided to take a cautious approach and continue the protocols which have gotten us safely through the pandemic thus far.

One baby step forward is allowing fully vaccinated folks to sit in the volunteer room once again. You can sit, socialize, snack, and have refreshments without your masks on. When done eating and drinking, please put your mask back on. We still ask volunteers to stay masked in the kitchen and delivery room while working a shift. We know it's a just baby step, but it will give us an opportunity to glimpse your smiles!
Thank You
We thank ALL of our volunteers for their patience with our tedious string of questions, surveys, assessment forms, contact tracing, probing questions, and reminder emails during the past Covid year. You've followed the rules impeccably. Because of your dutiful adherence to those rules, nobody contracted Covid while at Kitchen Angels, and the people who did get Covid did not pass it along to anyone else here. That's quite a testament to the type of people who volunteer at Kitchen Angels. We're made up of some deeply caring and community-minded individuals who see the big picture and do their part - no matter how seemingly inconsequential.
Bob and Kim staying flexible & entertaining during Friday delivery prep. Not shown: Rui and her new juggling skills!
None of us knew what to expect when we first heard the word "pandemic." We did our best to create new protocols on the fly. Sometimes the protocols would change from week to week depending on the latest information. The unfolding of the pandemic was confusing and often scary. There was so much we didn't know, and still don't fully understand. Nevertheless, we were pleasantly surprised to see how well you adapted.
There aren't enough words to express how truly grateful we are to each of our volunteers: the ones who stepped back because of their vulnerabilities; the wave of young people who swooped in to assist; the tenacious folks who didn't miss a beat; and everyone in between.

We could not have made it through the challenges without each and every one of you. Thank you!

1 Year
Robin Flowers
Lisa Leyba
Mateo Messer
Debra Snyderman
Jack Veenstra

Celebrating the lives of our volunteers and clients

Iris M.

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.