KITCHEN ANGELS | 1222 Siler Rd Santa Fe, NM 87507 | 505.471.7780
Halo Headlines w/ Clouds

JULY 2024

Greetings Tony,

"I drifted into a summer-nap under the hot shade of July, serenaded by a cicada lullaby, to drowsy-warm dreams of distant thunder."

~ Terri Guillemets

Save the Date...


The summer Volunteer Appreciation Picnic will be Sunday, July 21st, from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at ReUnity Resources.


We're excited to have food provided by Fusion Tacos. Here's the menu:

  • Tacos (Asada, Carnitas, Chicken or Vegetarian)
  • Spanish Rice
  • Whole Beans
  • Corn on the cob
  • Agua Frescas: Melon & Lemonade
  • Churros


Please RSVP no later than July 10th by emailing Beverly at info@kitchenangels.org.


We're so excited to celebrate our volunteer community with good food and music! We look forward to seeing you there.

Thanks to everyone who joined the festivities at Four Seasons Resort Santa Fe for our "Angel Hour" fundraiser. Many Kitchen Angels supporters showed up and the food and drinks were fabulous. We even recruited two new volunteers and a potential corporate sponsorship from those attending. The Four Seasons will be holding two more "Angel Hour" fundraisers for Kitchen Angels this year. We'll be sure to let you know details.

Kitchen Angels was excited to participate in Pride on the Plaza this year. Many thanks to the volunteers who staffed the info table and those who rode in Jane Shea's gorgeous vintage car in the parade. Our participation in the annual Pride celebration is an important method for volunteer recruitment . . . and we always need new volunteers joining us.


It's also a good time to pause and remember the reason Kitchen Angels was founded. During the height of the AIDS crisis, many young men and women were ill and homebound but, because they were under age 60, they weren't eligible for Meals on Wheels. There wasn't any organization in Santa Fe that could provide them with home-delivered meals. Modeled after programs in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and elsewhere, Kitchen Angels filled that gap and has been expanding services to a growing population of home-bound and chronically ill folks ever since.


As a loving and compassionate group of people who believe in equal rights for all, Kitchen Angels will keep working to end hunger in New Mexico by preparing and delivering nutritious and delicious meals to those in need.

Friendly Volunteer Reminders...


Please remember the Kitchen Angels dress code! If you're working in the kitchen, you must wear long pants to the ankle (no shorts), close-toed shoes (no sandals), and sleeved, full-length shirts (no tank tops or midis). In addition, hair must be fully covered by a hair net or hat (including bangs). This is pursuant to FDA & OSHA regulations. It is for the safety of our volunteers and the confidence of our clients, who expect their food to be sanitary and free of foreign objects. The only jewelry that is allowed on the hands and wrists is a wedding band. Put that fancy jewelry in your pocket so you don't loose it!


Delivery drivers, our clients sign an agreement to have their dogs locked up during the delivery window. If there is a dog on the loose, do not approach the house, even if you think it might be "friendly." Call the client and let them know you can't deliver if there is an unrestrained dog. Then call Kitchen Angels so we can send the client a copy of their signed agreement.


If a client is not home for delivery and you red-tag the door, please call Michelle in client services to let her know. We track these occurrences carefully so we can identify and address any possible problems. The same is true for noncompliance with pet restraint, rudeness and verbal abuse, unsafe or poorly lit home walkways, and intoxication. Click here to read the full Client Agreement.

Kitchen Angels just completed our annual client satisfaction survey. It's always a joy to speak with so many appreciative people. We learn a lot and do our best to adjust the program according to clients' needs. Here are some mostly-anonymous quotes from our homebound clients...


"Kitchen Angels food keeps me alive. It has greatly improved. It was good before, now it’s much more flavorful. It went from a 9 to a 10!" ~Rhett B.


"I’m very grateful for the meals. I like the new menus."


"Thanks so much for your service. I’m enjoying the stews and soups."


"Kitchen Angels have saved my life and the food is great."


"Thank you, thank you, thank you!"


"Very grateful for the service you provide. Enjoying the new menu."


"We are very impressed with the new menu and the service you provide."


"If you are able, check out the yelp review that I wrote for you 5 weeks ago, 5 stars. I left NO ONE out, as all of you together make this service work so beautifully." ~Karyn G.

Where the Rubber Meets the Road


Kitchen Angels delivery drivers are the volunteers who typically have the most face-to-face contact with our clients. And while we regularly share comments and stories from clients about the impact of our program or their interactions with delivery drivers, we don't always stop to reflect on the impact clients have on drivers or the many small ways our drivers help clients beyond simply delivering meals.


July is the eight-year volunteer anniversary for delivery driver Barbara Shoemaker. In past years, she's worked at Kitchenality and is a dedicated Angels Dine Out ambassador. Here's what Barb says regarding her time delivering meals for route #18...


"The first word that comes to mind when asked to describe my Kitchen Angels delivery experience is gratitude. The opportunity to volunteer within the community in a way that connects me with a wonderfully diverse group of clients is far more than “just” dropping off bags of food. My clients welcome the food delivery and unfailingly respond with a smile, a thank you, and as the months go by, often a sharing of wonderful life stories and friendship. My little dog, Zoe, accompanies me on my rounds and has made a few special friendships along the way as well. Even in the busiest of weeks, I always find the process of connecting with our Kitchen Angels clients to be cause for joy, laughter, and gratitude." 

                

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We want to hear from our delivery drivers about your experiences as a driver and how clients may have had an impact on you. Send your thoughts or stories to info@kitchenangels.org. Please let us know if we can use your name. Use the words "Driver Stories" in the subject line.

Tasty Tidbits

Well, the dog days of summer have officially arrived (July 3 – August 11), and with them, the dread of heating up the kitchen by turning on the stove. In case you’re wondering where the term “dog days” came from, ancient Romans called this period dies caniculares or “days of the dog star,” referring to the time when the star Sirius in the constellation Canis Major (greater dog) rises at the same time as the sun. We know it as the hottest and most humid time of year - when cooking outside is preferred and chilled meals cool us down.


It's no coincidence, then, that July was selected as National Grilling Month, National Hotdog Month, and National Picnic Month. Here’s to cooking and eating outdoors!


We love this list of 15 Haute Dogs for the Dog Days of Summer, compiled by Taste and See. There are some truly creative twists on the standard hotdog, like this Korean Slaw Dog, and for the vegetarians/vegans out there – this Smoky BBQ Carrot Dog! We’ll try almost anything once!


Leave it to Bon Appetit to compile the most delicious collection of no-cook summertime meals! From brilliant salads like this Cucumber, Tomato & Green Bean Salad, to hearty sandwiches that get better as they sit, such as the Roadie HoagieYou won’t feel like you’re missing out when you turn the oven off.


No cookout is complete without dessert! The Spruce Eats has supplied us with 32 Cool Summer Dessert Recipes that are “No-Bake.” Of course you'll find homemade ice cream recipes on the list, which are hard not to love. This frozen Italian Semifreddo doesn't require churning or a fancy machine.


The list also contains some really creative treats such as Frozen Blueberry Lemonade Pie, which is intriguing. You can’t go wrong with ANY of these desserts.


Just because you're staying cool doesn't mean you have to compromise on eating delicious food.

KITCHENALITY


Independence Day is this week and since July is also National Grilling Month, National Hotdog Month, and National Picnic Month, make sure you have all the tools and supplies you need to do your outdoor entertaining with style! Kitchenality has everything you need.


Check out all the great treasures that will take your summertime dining to a new level!


While we always need donations of your cooking and entertaining ware, please note that we're no longer accepting cookbooks.

Joe Cates will be back on July 20 to sharpen your garden tools and knives. Come by from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM. He'll be sharpening on site. If you prefer, you can drop your items off while Joe's here and pick them up later.


Joe's regular rates will apply.

Store hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM and Saturdays, 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM.



You can always follow KITCHENALITY on Facebook and Instagram.

Kitchen Angels Recipe Box


This Almost-No-Cook-But-Cold-And-Delicious dessert has been served in Lauren’s family for the past 60 years. When Lauren’s mother was a new homemaker living in Ferguson, Missouri, her neighbor Ruth Kuhlman gave her this recipe. Here’s the barely edited version, straight off an old index card:


Ice Cream Crunch


  • 2 cups Rice Krispies
  • 7 oz shredded coconut (coconut used to come in cans and the recipe calls for one can)
  • 1 cup pecan pieces
  • 1 stick butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ gallon vanilla ice cream (block type)


  1. Melt butter and combine with Rice Krispies, coconut, and pecan pieces. Place in a 9” x 13” x 2” baking dish.
  2. Toast in a 300 degree oven for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to brown mixture evenly.
  3. Add sugar to the hot mixture and stir to blend.
  4. Remove mixture from baking dish and rinse out dish to cool it down.
  5. Cut the block of ice cream into 1” thick slices and place them in the pan on top of one-half of the topping. Spread the rest of the topping over the ice cream layer.
  6. Cover the pan and place in the freezer until set.
  7. Serves at least 12 people (or one father with a serious sweet tooth).


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If you'd like to contribute a recipe, send your selection to info@kitchenangels.org by the 15th of the month to be considered for inclusion in the next month's Halo Headlines. Use the word "Recipe" in the subject line and tell us your name, how long you've been volunteering with Kitchen Angels, and what your volunteer job is. If it's a "borrowed" recipe, give credit. If you have a photo, send it along.

We're always looking for volunteers. If you're interested in a regular shift or to be placed on our substitute volunteer list, OR if you know someone who's interested, please contact Crystal Hena, Volunteer Coordinator.


Here are the latest opportunities:

Delivery Volunteers (3:30pm - 5:30pm)

  • Thursday, Route #4 (St. Michael's Dr)
  • Thursday, Route #17 (Zia / Sawmill)


AM Kitchen (9am - 12pm)

  • Monday - 3 volunteers
  • Tuesday - 2 volunteers
  • Thursday - 4 volunteers
  • Friday - 5 volunteers


PM Kitchen (12:30pm - 3pm)

  • Monday - 4 volunteers
  • Tuesday - 1 volunteer
  • Friday - 1 volunteer


Delivery Prep (1pm - 4:15pm)

  • 1 Monday permanent volunteer
  • 1 Thursday permanent volunteer
  • Substitutes Monday through Friday



Kitchenality (10am - 2pm M-Sa)

  • Back of house volunteers
  • Substitutes for every position, M-F


Substitute Volunteers

  • Every day, every shift, every position!


Bag Sanitizer (2-hour shift, timing flexible)

  • 2 shifts open each week

We’re on the Lookout for Some Really Special Folks

Who Understand the Importance of a Friendly Phone Call

 

Please consider becoming a Volunteer with our Caring Callers Program. Show that you care about a Kitchen Angels client who faces loneliness each day. This program matches clients with volunteers who call them once a week to chat. Just one call a week can make such a difference! To learn more, please contact Adrienne at 505-471-7780 extension 207. Thank you.

Continuing Education

One of the things we desert dwellers love most about July is that it is monsoon season. The desert landscape sighs with relief as afternoon cloudbursts wash away the dust and cool the dry heat. Some of us have been known to run outside and dance in the rain, grateful for the life-sustaining moisture.


Monsoons are seasonal changes that bring dramatic shifts in precipitation. In summer, warm land heats up, drawing moist air from oceans. This creates clouds and heavy rainfall, vital for many regions. Monsoons that are found in South Asia, Australia and Africa can be quite dramatic and often lead to flooding, mudslides, and other challenges. The monsoons that visit Arizona and New Mexico between June 15 – September 30 tend to deliver less moisture than those elsewhere, but they're just as crucial for agriculture and ecosystems.


Santa Fe sees most of its monsoon precipitation around mid-July. An average 6.68” of rain falls in about 4-6 weeks. With so much rain in such a short period of time, there are weather events we need to be aware of for our safety.

The most obvious danger is flash flooding, which is a surge of water in a low-lying area that is caused by heavy rainfall. Flooding can even occur in seemingly dry areas if there's been heavy rainfall in higher areas. People, and even cars, can be swept away in as little as six inches of moving water. Click on the video to learn more about how to stay safe in flash-flood conditions. Remember, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown!” and seek higher ground.

Turn Around, Don't Drown!

Downbursts are powerful winds that descend from a thunderstorm and spread out quickly once they hit the ground. These winds can easily cause damage and are sometimes misinterpreted as tornadoes. Microbursts are especially small downbursts that are less than 2.5 miles across. These weather patterns are especially dangerous for aircraft.


Parts of the state can experience Dust Storms, which arise when a gust front or other strong wind blows loose sand and dirt from a dry surface. Most dust storms last from 30-60 minutes. Some parts of the southwest United States experience large walls of dust, known as haboobs, much like those that occur in parts of Africa and the Middle East.


Here are some tips on how to stay safe in a dust storm.

Community Connections

Many thanks to the leadership team at Tito's Handmade Vodka for taking time away from their busy schedules to volunteer in our kitchen! State managers from New Mexico, Nevada, Washington, California, Arizona and Alaska were here decorating client cookies and assembling bags of Herbs de Provence to be sold in Kitchenality. Tito's vodka gave Kitchen Angels a portion of all sales from cocktails using their vodka during the month of June. They also contributed a generous donation on top of that! Thank you Tito's!


We love hosting corporate groups who get to experience the joy of cooking delicious food for our community.

Thank You

The summer months at Kitchen Angels often find us with fewer volunteers than we'd like. Many of our volunteers travel during this time and are unavailable to cover their shifts. This was the case toward the middle of May and beginning of June. At one point, we had to find 33 substitute volunteers to deliver meals in a single week. Lauren was subbing for Crystal that day, and sent out an emergency email to our permanent driver list, pleading for volunteers to take an extra shift.


The response was nothing short of miraculous, with all the routes finding drivers within an hour. Lauren was beside herself, recalling the generosity of our volunteers and their tireless effort to feed our homebound neighbors. We can't thank each of you enough for stepping up and filling those routes. A heart-felt thank you to Ward & Naomi Kroencke, Carmon McCumbee, Linda Dressman, Wendy Smith, Karen Wolfe-Mattison, Paul Wilken, Laura Holt, John Vavruska, Andrea Slatopolsky, Sally Walkiewicz, Diane & John Forsdale, Jami Snyder, Ken Eberl, Ginger Sloan, Patrick Cox, Patricia Veech, Judith Erger, Mark Upston, Rob Higgins, Len Magnus, Frank Katz, San Williams, Lionel Russell and Bruce Miller...to name just a few! These folks already have shifts and routes of their own, but took on more to make it all work. In addition, our fearless substitute drivers step up almost every single week to take out various vacant routes.


Our delivery drivers are the final link in a long chain of caring individuals. We offer our deepest thanks to each and every one of you.

VOLUNTEER MILESTONE

ANNIVERSARIES


1 Year


Amy Dakos

Juan Geyer

Crystal Hena

Penny Rosso

John Shaw

Beth Spiegel

Claudia Sutton

Lisa Wilson

Susan Wright


5 Years


Valana Fritchie

Roxie Nichols


10 Years


Karen Price-Coberly

IN MEMORIAM


Celebrating the lives of our volunteers and clients.


Susan H.

James S.


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. 
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