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EatBeat: Dine Out and Fight Childhood Hunger

September 21st, 2008 · 1 Comment

I’ve been a supporter of childhood hunger relief in all forms long before I was Food Editor at The Post. Here’s my theory: health, education, work programs, and all sorts of other social work aids are great and useful, but you can’t do anything if you’re hungry. And I find it simply criminal that we live in a county that’s alternately the richest and poorest in the state – one of the United States — where signs of extreme wealth are all around us every single day.

 I can’t get my head around hunger in a city, a county, a state or country where there are two cars and three TVs in the “average” home, and food waste is measured in tonnage — tonnage — for each family every year.

Here’s a way to help — simple as it is: Go out to eat. Restaurants across the country are participating this week in Share Our Strength’s Great Dine Out America program — you eat out, and a portion of your check goes to SOS’s childhood hunger programs.

Share Our Strength is an amazing organization that has a number of hunger-relief programs all over the country. They have stepped up in disasters to help feed those who didn’t have resources to get to the food; they provide food banks and Meals-On-Wheels programs with food, funds and volunteers.

The number of restaurants is way too long to list — you’ll recognize dozens of names. (A few: City Oyster, Rocco’s Tacos, Palm Beach Yacht Club, Melting Pot Boca, Legal Seafood, City Cellar, McCormick and Schmick’s. . . )

SOS logo

Go to the Web site for Dine Out America and put in any local zip code or city to find a restaurant close to you that is participating. And order a lot — the more you order, the more money goes to SOS. And thank the restaurant owner/manager for particpating in this great plan.

To go to the SOS Web page, click here. Thanks!

Tags: The Eat Beat: Restaurant News

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  • 1 jordan // Sep 23, 2008 at 12:36 am

    Share Our Strength is such a great organization and has done a lot to end childhood hunger in its 20+ years. I started working with them when I first moved to Miami, and there’s such great energy there. What I love about them is that their events are fun AND meaningful – not always easy to find.

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