WASHINGTON — On Aug. 29, the National Restaurant Association
, the Food Network and American Express will hold "Share Our Strength's Restaurants for Relief 2," to raise funds for Hurricane Katrina victims.
According to an NRA news release, Share Our Strength is one of the nation's leading organizations working to end childhood hunger. Thousands of participating restaurants nationwide will donate profits or other funds to aid Gulf Coast recovery, with a percentage of funds raised allocated directly to the support of restaurant and hospitality workers.
Diners can support this worthy cause by eating out on Aug. 29 at one of their favorite participating restaurants. A list of participating restaurants, from neighborhood bistros to four-star restaurants and national chains, is available at www.strength.org. Diners can conveniently make reservations online through www.OpenTable.com by clicking the link provided for member restaurants in the Restaurants for Relief 2 restaurant list.
Other ways to participate include making a donation through www.strength.org or purchasing a Restaurant.com dining certificate through www.strength.org. Through the Web site, a $25 certificate is only $10 and 50 percent or $5 of each gift certificate will go to Share Our Strength's ongoing Gulf Coast recovery efforts.
"Restaurants are the cornerstone of our communities, and I know of no other industry that is as giving of its time and talents for those in need as the restaurant industry. On behalf of the restaurant industry, we are pleased to join Share Our Strength, American Express and Food Network to support the hospitality workers and those affected by Hurricane Katrina," said Steven C. Anderson, president and chief executive officer of the National Restaurant Association.
One year ago, Share Our Strength's first Restaurants for Relief dine-out program, combined with other efforts, raised more than $1.2 million in critical funding that supported schools, community kitchens, feeding programs, farmers' markets, FEMA trailer parks and efforts to aid restaurant and hospitality workers.