Amid the chaos of the back-to-school dance (finding supplies, meeting new teachers, establishing new routines), it can be difficult to get a home-cooked meal on the table. Often in these situations, we simply choose to dine out or pick something up to bring home, largely without a second thought.
But for the one in five children in America who face hunger every day, your dinner purchase may make a difference. This September, restaurants are partnering with Dine Out for No Kid Hungry, a restaurant-driven initiative that raises money to combat child hunger. Some restaurants are offering discounts to diners who make a donation, others are donating portions of their proceeds, but all are committed to the same goal. Thousands of restaurants–from fast food chains to local favorites–are partnering with national non-profit Share our Strength for this initiative. Of the more than 15,000 restaurants, many of them are in the South, giving us Southerners more than enough chances to contribute. From Jim ‘n’ Nick’s in Birmingham, Alabama to The Macintosh on King Street in Charleston, South Carolina, there are dozens of delicious ways to contribute to the cause.
Dine Out for No Kid Hungry has been operational since 2008, and has since raised over $37 million dollars for initiatives such as providing free breakfast–a service which has proven to boost graduation rates, decrease absence, and increase math scores. Need help finding a a participating restaurant in your neck of the woods? Check out NoKidHungry.org for more information about the program, and a nifty tool that lets you enter your zip code, and then maps the participating locations near you.