KITCHEN ANGELS | 1222 Siler Rd Santa Fe, NM 87507 | 505.471.7780
MARCH 2021
Until it's safe to dine indoors without masks, please support these local restaurants by ordering takeout! Click here for a small pdf of the above ad for Angels Take Out and forward it to everyone on your contact list.

Spread the word far and wide. We want to make sure these restaurants have a great day. They've supported Kitchen Angels through the years. Let's keep supporting them!
Another year has come and gone, and we find ourselves back in the Santa Fe Reporter's Best Of contest! You have until March 15th to cast your vote for Kitchen Angels and Kitchenality. Show your love for our organization by voting and telling your friends to vote. We are showing in three different categories:
Best Nonprofit
Kitchen Angels

Best Specialty Food/Cooking Store

Best Business: Rufina & Siler District

If there ever was a year to win the "Best Of" award, it's this one. We're still moving through some seriously challenging times. We couldn't be prouder of how our volunteers, staff, and board have carried on in the face of adversity and kept our clients safe and well-fed.
Reminder About Kitchen Angels' Travel Protocols
The majority of our volunteers have been sheltering at home for almost a year now. It's no wonder, now that spring is right around the corner, some of you are feeling the itch to go traveling.

There has been some question about the need to quarantine after returning from out-of-state. The Department of Health has changed the language regarding the need for a two-week quarantine in the latest Public Health Order from "required" to "recommended." Kitchen Angels continues to require a two-week suspension of volunteering in our facility after out-of-state air travel. Air travel and visiting friends/family still carry a significant risk, even if you are vaccinated.

Some of you have been fully vaccinated and feel that you shouldn't have to step back if you travel. Until we know for certain that being vaccinated means you can no longer transmit the virus to others, our focus will remain the protection of staff, volunteers, and clients. We're still learning about how much protection the vaccine offers people. Our careful measures have gotten us this far without serious incident. We're not ready to let down our guard quite yet.

If you are traveling by car, and taking appropriate COVID-safe precautions while you are away, please call Lauren and speak with her about your travel details. We are handling many situations on a case-by-case basis. If you would rather keep the details of your travel private, that's fine. Just take the standard two-week hiatus after you return. We are trying to navigate this new gray area the best we can, and we appreciate your open and honest communication as well as your understanding.
Tasty Tidbits
This writer is absolutely sick of cooking! After a year of pandemic cooking failures and fantasies, this month might be the best time to take a bit of a cooking hiatus and start again with the fresh spring produce of April. In the meantime, why don’t we turn to the frozen aisle for a little inspiration. After all, March is National Frozen Food Month. We all know Trader Joe’s has the best in frozen delicacies and Buzzfeed has compiled a list of frozen food “hacks” that breaks down how to turn any frozen food into a gourmet meal. Chili mac-n-cheese, I’m looking at you.
Maybe you still want to cook, but just not as often. Bon Appetit has a list of thirty-seven recipes that freeze well so on non-cooking nights there is still something good to eat at home. Some of the things that freeze well were a little surprising, like buttermilk biscuits. Who knew? The Food Network has a similar list, but many of the recipes are “freezer-packs.” These are meals where the ingredients are pre-assembled, frozen, and then cooked later on, using a slow cooker, instant pot, or the stove. Although they do take a little more forethought, having a few of these meals on hand can make cooking day in and day out less stressful.
Although restaurants in part of New Mexico have opened indoor dining at 35 percent capacity, it is still safest to avoid eating indoors. With the weather getting warmer and patios becoming more attractive, hopefully we can ease some of our cooking woes by eating outdoors again.
Volunteer Opportunities
Kitchen Angels is currently building our substitute volunteer list. Substituting is a good way to "get your feet wet" by trying out different days, shifts, and positions. We often have volunteers who are out for the day or on hiatus after travel. Lauren sends out emails weekly to our substitute list, and tries to rotate volunteers so everyone gets a chance to serve. We've already placed seven out of nine volunteers on our delivery waitlist, so it's worth it to sign up!

Pet Food Volunteer
Kitchen Angels is seeking a volunteer to take over the pet food program. Duties include transporting bags of cat and dog food from The Food Bin on W. Alameda, and repackaging into weekly portions of food for client pets. The volunteer day is flexible. Please contact Lauren for more information.
Continuing Education
There is a lot of information about the COVID-19 vaccines out there. One of the things that keeps making the rounds on the news and throughout social media is confusion about the effectiveness of the Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Some people think that if a vaccine is 95% effective, that means 5% of vaccinated individuals still contract the virus. This is a misinterpretation of the numbers. A 95 percent effective rate actually means that participants in the vaccine study were 95 percent less likely to contract COVID-19 than the control group (the unvaccinated participants). The way the math works out is that those who receive the vaccine have only a .04 percent chance on contracting COVID. These vaccines are the most effective vaccines ever created.

Nevertheless, out of all of the numbers the most important one is 100. All of the COVID-19 vaccines are 100 percent effective at preventing severe COVID-19 symptoms. Avoiding severe symptoms means avoiding hospitalization and possibly death. So be patient. With the recent approval of the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine, your vaccination is just around the corner!

Learn more about vaccine effectiveness from this article in LiveScience.
New Mexico made the news on the vaccine front in another way: the state has the most efficient vaccine program in the country. Out of all the states, New Mexico has administered 99 percent of all the vaccines it has received from the federal government. This means there aren’t doses of the vaccine not being used and in danger of being wasted. When New Mexico receives vaccines, the state gets them to the public quicker than any other state. Additionally, 20 percent of all New Mexicans have received at least one shot, which is one of the highest percentages of the country. The New York Times continually updates the race to vaccinate. Click here to learn more.
Community Connections
The city's Environmental Services Division has moved the recycling drop-off center, previously located in the parking lot at 1142 Siler Road, around the corner, to 2950 Agua Fria, Santa Fe NM, 87507.

The new Recycling Center is next to Fire Station #5 on Agua Fria. It's still a part of the Siler Yard facility. It features updated signage and new, larger roll-off containers for glass recycling. Traffic will be directed one-way in a U-shape through the site, entering on one side and exiting the other. Additionally, the site is fully fenced to help prevent illegal dumping and to contain litter.
Thank You
Even though volunteer delivery drivers have had limited client contact since the start of the pandemic, they still act as front-line workers. By checking in each weekday, drivers often serve as a lifeline for many of our vulnerable clients.
Back in January, three of our delivery volunteers responded to crises while on their routes. In each case, clients were not responding to calls or were calling for help from the other side of the door. The drivers followed protocols and reached out to the office. Jeanette called for police wellness checks and reached out to emergency contacts immediately. The drivers stayed until emergency services showed up, talking to clients through the door, and then completed their routes. Two of the clients were transported to the hospital and one was assisted with getting up from becoming wedged between her bed and the wall.

Thanks to Jennie Sparks on Route #7, Ann Maxwell on route #14 and Ellen Dupuy on Route #19. These amazing people didn’t panic, but calmly helped our clients in their times of need!
If any delivery volunteer runs into an issue where the client doesn't appear to be home, call Kitchen Angels right away. If you find a client in obvious crisis, don't hesitate to call 911 and let Kitchen Angels know about the situation. We track each call, and by doing so, are better able to identify patterns and troubleshoot incidents. A "one-time" occurrence to you might be indicative of a more serious issue that needs to be addressed.

Thanks to each of you for going the extra mile to help our clients. You're literally saving lives.
Thank you for all you do to make our community a better place! 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.