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April 18, 2014

Queen Force One Schedule for Dining Out for Life®

Drum roll please....the Queen Force One Dining Out For Life schedule is complete. #DineOutDCMake your reservations today for 4/24 at!

6:00 PM:
Tosca (1112 F St NW)

6:30 PM:
Perry’s Restaurant (1811 Columbia Rd NW)
Mintwood Place (1813 Columbia Rd NW)

7:00 PM:
Duplex Diner (2004 18th St NW)
L’Enfant Café (2000 18th St NW)

7:30 PM:
Café Saint Ex (1847 14th St NW)
Busboys and Poets (2021 14th St NW)

8:00 PM:
La Tomate (1701 Connecticut Ave NW)
Bistro Du Coin (1738 Connecticut Ave NW)

8:30 PM:
Level One (1639 R St NW)
Dupont Italian Kitchen (1637 17th St NW)

9:00 PM:
Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse (1609 17th St NW)
Hank’s Oyster Bar DC (1624 Q St NW)

9:30 PM:
Commissary (1443 P St NW)
Logan Tavern (1423 P St NW) 

10:00 PM:
Ristorante Posto (1515 14th St NW)
Pearl Dive Oyster Bar (1612 14th St NW)

April 10, 2014

Dine Out on April 24th and Make a Difference

100 DC-Area Restaurants Donating a Significant Portion of Sales to Support Children and Adults Facing HIV/AIDS and Cancer

On Thursday, April 24th, diners across the Washington metro region will join hundreds of thousands of others from across North America to stand up against HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses by sitting down at restaurants participating in this year’s Dining Out for Life® fundraiser. More than 100 area restaurants have pledged to contribute 25% to 100% of that day’s proceeds to benefit Food & Friends’ clients living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses throughout the National Capital Region.

When:  Thursday, April 24th

Where: Food & Friends is thrilled to have 100 restaurants on board, including those that are donating their entire evening’s proceeds to Food & Friends – Freddie's Beach Bar & Restaurant, Annie’s Paramount Steak House, and Ristorante Tosca. A complete list of participating restaurants can be found at Reservations can be made on or through the restaurants directly.

More Info: Once again this year, Queen Force One, a shuttle bus of Drag Queens, will be visiting different restaurants throughout the evening. Last year, more than 25,000 diners, restaurants and volunteers participated in Dining Out for Life®, raising more than $225,000 to support Food & Friends’ mission.

Food & Friends is the only organization in the Washington Metropolitan area providing home-delivered meals, groceries and nutrition counseling to people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses free of charge. Since 1988, Food & Friends has provided more than 17 million life-sustaining meals to more than 25,000 individuals. Our service area encompasses 5,346 square miles including the District of Columbia and 14 counties in Maryland and Virginia. For more information about Food & Friends, please visit or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter (@foodandfriends), or Instagram (@foodandfriendsdc).

April 2, 2014

Donors Give $523,500 to Increase our Capacity

We are pleased to announce the successful completion of our Delivering Hope Campaign. This campaign, launched in the summer of 2013, raised a total of $523,500 for the following capital improvements: adding and replacing aging kitchen equipment, purchasing an emergency generator and redesigning our client service database. This funding strengthens Food & Friends’ future by providing the critical tools needed to maintain efficient, effective and increased services for decades to come.

Support for the Delivering Hope Campaign was made by key individuals, corporations, foundations and public funders. We are fortunate to have such a strong and diverse source of support, and would like to thank the following donors for their generous contributions.

The Long Game: Playing Golf and Battling Cancer Drives Donor’s Life

For Food & Friends Board Member Tony Russo, golf has a funny way of imitating real life. At a young age, he learned that sometimes you have bad shots but you have to play the ball no matter where it lands.

Board Member Tony Russo supports Food & Friends because we provide
the same amount of support his family did when he had cancer.
The son of a United States congressman, Tony frequently played golf with his father, Congressman Marty Russo, and his fathers’ friends (including Vice President Joe Biden) as a way to spend quality time together.

“My ultimate dream was to be a pro golfer,” says Tony. “I grew up always wanting to do good things and to always get better.”

Tony’s love of golf and his determined, positive attitude have steered him throughout his life. This drive has gotten him through some challenging times in his life, but none more so than facing cancer.

After attending the University of Florida on a full-ride golf scholarship and playing professional golf in Arizona, Tony enrolled in law school at DePaul University in Chicago. Unfortunately in his third year, childhood leukemia temporarily derailed his plans.

"Until that point, and even today, I’ve never had a serious operation or even a broken bone,” says Tony. “I wasn’t well enough to play golf and even the school tried to prevent me from registering for classes. I can remember taking a test and my hands were shaking so bad from the rough treatment.”

With the support of his family and close friends, Tony not only won his battle with cancer but graduated from law school.

“I couldn’t have done it without my support system. Some days, I didn’t think I was going to make it through this, but I went day by day focusing on what was right in front of me.”

Vice President Joe Biden was one of many who helped
Tony through his battle with cancer.
Tony is extremely grateful for having been given a second chance at life, and feels it is important to pay it forward. He started supporting Food & Friends because we provide the same amount of support and care as his family did when he was sick. Not only does Tony personally support Food & Friends as a donor and member of the Board of Directors, but he is our champion in acquiring support from his company, T-Mobile.

Food & Friends clients not only need critical nutrition, but the hope and belief that people in the community care for them. Tony’s support demonstrates to our clients that they are not alone.

“I have an idea of what Food & Friends’ clients are going through. Thankfully, we [Food & Friends] are there to deliver meals and the support network that many of them are missing.”

Tony encourages everyone that is not currently giving to take the first step no matter how big or small it may be.

“Whether as an individual or as a company, giving back to the community is a win-win for everyone involved.”

Because just like in the game of golf, winning is impossible if you never start the game.

March 25, 2014

National Nutrition Month®: Week 4 Healthy Living Tips

Congratulations, you made it to the LAST WEEK of National Nutrition Month®.

We hope you've found these tips and ideas helpful and that you've been able to create healthy habits that will not only last for the rest of the month but for years to come.

Check out the FULL version of the
31 Days of Healthy Living calendar

Say No to Artificial Trans Fats

Trans fats are also known as partially hydrogenated oils. They are made by mixing unsaturated fats with hydrogen gas at a high heat to make them resemble saturated fats. In the long term, consumption of trans fats raises the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, depression and many more diseases.

Go Fiber!

Fiber can help keep us full, and studies show that people who eat high fiber diets weigh less than those who do not. Other health benefits of fiber include reducing bad cholesterol, controlling blood sugar, and keeping your digestive system healthy.

Eat Something Blue

A diet rich in blue and purple foods can have anti-aging benefits, help prevent urinary tract problems, and reduce your risk of cancer. Blackberries, blueberries, eggplants, and plums are a few good options you should throw into your cart next time you’re at the store!

Reuse, Reuse, Reuse

Reusable grocery totes are a great way to be earth friendly, but these bags can harbor bacteria that can lead to food poisoning. Wash reusable bags frequently and keep meat, poultry, and fish in separate totes away from produce and ready to eat foods.

Eat Right Before Exercise

Eating proper foods before working out can give you the energy you need so you don’t feel burned out. Eat a meal 3-4 hours beforehand that is high in carbohydrates and contains some protein, fat, and fiber.

Rethink Your Drinks

Added sugars in soft drinks, energy drinks, and sport drinks can contribute to weight gain by making us consume excess calories throughout the day. Make healthier drink choices by switching to water or low-fat milk, drinking 100% juice, or sipping on flavored seltzer water.

Slow Down

It takes about 20 minutes for our bodies to realize we are full. Instead of eating until you are full, eat until you are satisfied. This will help to prevent overeating and reduce caloric intake. 

Give Yourself a Pat on the Back

This month has been full of new ideas and challenges to help you adopt a healthy lifestyle. Keep up the great work!

March 24, 2014

Volunteers Needed for Dining Out for Life®

Love to dine out? Love to throw dinner parties? You can do both while making an impact in the lives of our neighbors battling HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses. It's easy - host a restaurant for Dining Out for Life®.

As a Restaurant Host, you'll be assigned to one of our restaurants generously donating a portion of its proceeds to Food & Friends. As a host we need you to:


Invite your friends, family and colleagues to dine out at your restaurant. We'll provide you with a webpage, graphics and more to help promote the event.


Thank diners and encourage them to make a gift to Food & Friends. We will provide you with training and the materials needed to be successful. All you have to do is sign up!

Eating Right for Older Adults

With the help of our friends at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, we've been sharing healthy living tips in honor of National Nutrition Month®. Check out a resource from their website ( that outlines some important nutrition tips for older adults.

Since the average age of Food & Friends' clients is 50 years old, these tips are something that our registered dietitians consider when they develop specialized meal plans, conduct nutrition assessments and teach cooking classes.

Healthy Eating for Older Adults

Healthy Eating for Older Adults 
Eating a variety of foods from all food groups can help you get the nutrients your body needs as you age. A healthy eating plan emphasizes fruit, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat or fat-free dairy; includes lean meat, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts; and is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium) and added sugars.
Eating right doesn’t have to be complicated. Start with these recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans:
  • Eat fruits and vegetables. They can be fresh, frozen or canned. Eat more dark green vegetables like leafy greens or broccoli, and orange vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes.
  • Vary your protein choices with more fish, beans and peas.
  • Eat at least three ounces of whole-grain cereals, breads, crackers, rice or pasta every day.
  • Have three servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy (milk, yogurt or cheese) that are fortified with vitamin D to help keep your bones healthy.
  • Make the fats you eat healthy ones (polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats). Switch from solid fats to oils when preparing food.

Add Physical Activity

Balancing physical activity and a healthful diet is your best recipe for health and fitness. Set a goal to be physically active at least 30 minutes every day. You can break up your physical activity into 10-minute sessions throughout the day.
If you are currently inactive, start with a few minutes of activity, such as walking, and gradually increase this time as you become stronger. Check with your healthcare provider before beginning a new physical activity program.

March 17, 2014

National Nutrition Month®: Week 3 Healthy Living Tips

Can you believe it is already the third week in March?! How are you doing with the 31 Days of Healthy Living Challenge?

Here are the tips for this week. Don't forget to share them with your followers on Facebook and Twitter.

Check out the FULL version of the
31 Days of Healthy Living calendar

Don't Fall for the Fads

Keep an eye out for fad diets and diets promising results that are too good to be true. Rapid weight loss, cutting out entire food groups and rigid menus may be unrealistic and

Explore New Foods and Flavors

Add more nutrition and eating pleasure by expanding your range of food choices. When shopping, make a point of selecting a fruit, vegetable or whole grain that’s new to you or your family. Try restaurants that feature international cuisine, or find new flavors at community food festivals.

Diets Don't Work

Many people who lose weight on a diet gain it back when they “stop” the diet. Instead, make long-term lifestyle changes to see an improvement in your health.

Get In Your Antioxidants

Antioxidants are vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that are found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts. They protect our bodies from cellular damage, help to prevent cancer and keep our immune system strong.

Choose Chia

Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, antioxidants and calcium. Blend them into smoothies, sprinkle them on salads, or add them to quick bread or pancake batter for added nutrition.

Pack Your Snacks

When a snack attack strikes, you may be at work, on-the-go, or simply not in the mood to chop up fresh vegetables for a snack. The solution? When making dinner, take a few minutes to chop up some extra carrots, celery and bell peppers and put them in bags for later, so they’re ready when hunger strikes.

Obtain Omegas

Omega-3 fatty acids are important for proper functioning of the human body. You can get Omega-3 fats from fish, flax seeds, walnuts, canola oil and even vegetables (kale and brussels sprouts).

March 10, 2014

National Nutrition Month®: Week 2 Healthy Living Tips

It's Week 2 of our National Nutrition Month® 31 Days of Healthy Living Challenge. Stay connected with us this month on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for access to more tips and recipes.

Check out the FULL version of the
31 Days of Healthy Living calendar

Go Green

Eat green foods such as spinach, broccoli, collard greens, kiwis, and limes. These are high in fiber, rich in nutrients like Vitamin C, Vitamin K, folate, potassium, and magnesium, and can help reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease.

Follow Food Safety Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that roughly one in six Americans gets sick from foodborne disease each year. Reduce your chances of getting sick by practicing proper hand washing. Separate raw meat, poultry and seafood from ready-to-eat foods like bread and vegetables. Use a food  thermometer to make sure food is properly cooked.

Warm Up with Spices

Take the chill off with warming spices. Did you know certain spices can actually make you feel warmer on a cold day? Try recipes featuring cardamom, chili, cinnamon, cumin, curry, garlic, peppercorn or turmeric.

Eat Out Smart

You can dine at a restaurant and stick to your healthy eating plan! The key is to plan ahead, ask questions and choose foods carefully. Think about nutritious items you can add to your plate—fruits,
veggies, lean meat, poultry or fish—and look for grilled, baked, broiled or steamed items.

Enact Family Meal Time

Research shows that family meals promote healthier eating. Plan to eat with friends or family at least a few times each week. Set a regular mealtime and turn off the TV, phones and other electronic devices to encourage mealtime talk.

Drink More Water

Our bodies depend on water to regulate temperature, transport nutrients and oxygen to cells, carry away waste products and more. For generally healthy people, it is recommended that women consume about 9 cups and men consume 13.

Shave 100 Calories A Day

Achieve and maintain a healthy weight by making small changes that can cut calories. Use low-fat or skim milk in your coffee, trim fat from meat, try sorbet or frozen fruit instead of ice cream, and dip veggies in salsa instead of chips.