Why giving back should be part of your business strategy

There are "dos" and "don’ts" to most any effort, including charitable giving or involvement by restaurants.

Restaurants working toward ending child hunger

One in five children in America lives in a household without adequate access to food, according to the USDA, and this September several restaurants are supporting the No Kid Hungry national campaign to help end childhood hunger.

All-deaf pizzeria is all-good: Human communication is more than words

Melody and Russell Stein, owners of a pizzeria with an all-deaf staff, are now able to share their story with the world thanks to a new project created by Deluxe Corporation’s Small Business Revolution, a national campaign spotlighting the country's "most compelling small businesses."

Panera, Chipotle set sustainability standards by starting small, thinking big

The biggest opportunities to save come with packaging and waste initiatives.

Reducing food waste can improve the bottom line and the environment

A study commissioned by the Food Waste Reduction Alliance found that approximately 80 billion pounds of food are discarded into US landfills every year, with restaurants accounting for 37 percent of that waste.

MasterCard drives dining with a purpose

Restaurants provided opportunity to join MasterCard and Stand Up to Cancer

Restaurant brands pitch in for Oklahoma tornado relief

Chains have been handing out food to victims and first responders, as well as directing their social fan base to relief organizations.

Count the restaurant industry among 'the helpers'

As Boston and Texas taught us this week, when the dust of a tragedy clears, restaurants always find a way to pitch in.

Yum! Brands social responsibility report focuses on nutrition, sustainability

The company is currently working to synchronize its animal welfare program and policies throughout all of its global markets.

Executing a charitable program at your restaurant doesn’t have to be hard

Philanthropy takes time and patience, but the benefits are tangible for a brand.

Culture trumps strategy: What I learned from Ben & Jerry's

The company's employees connect emotionally in their communities and their group understands that waking up in the morning to do important work is not just about money.

Restaurant industry steps up franchising incentives for military veterans

Chains are actively recruiting veterans with startup discounts to reintegrate them into the workforce.

Restaurants take the lead in hunger crisis aid

A new report shows that one in five Americans don't know how they'll afford their next meal.

More pizza chains join Colorado wildfire relief

Two companies channel their efforts to the American Red Cross.

Colorado restaurant chains pitch in for wildfire relief

Operators donating food and linking social media sites to American Red Cross page.

Restaurant chains going green in response to consumer demand

Green Restaurant Association CEO discusses growth in environmentally-friendly efforts throughout the past few years.

Thanksgiving and giving thanks

An often overlooked trend in the restaurant industry is giving back.

Fast Casual Executive Summit: Just what is sustainability?

Joseph Grove of FastCasual.com speaks with Tamara Barnett, ethnographic research manager for The Hartman Group, about the true meaning of sustainability. Barnett spoke about sustainability during the 2011 Fast Casual Executive Summit.

Restaurants recruiting more veterans with franchise discounts

Operations-based business model is a good fit for those with military backgrounds.

Teach employees how to react in dangerous situations

Yasin Sara was robbed at his Y & S Supermarket this past week in Tampa, FLa. Sadly the robbery turned tragic when Sara confronted the gunman and was shot in the chest.

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