On June 19th, join the nation in dining for a good cause. Mary Pat Christie, New Jersey’s First Lady, is leading National Dine Out Day, which encourages people to dine at participating restaurants to support the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.
Restaurants that participate will give part of their sales to organizations that help New Jersey communities affected by Hurricane Sandy, which impacted more than 140,000 small businesses when it came ashore last October. Thus far, the fund has collected over $34 million in donations and made $11 million in grants to help communities and businesses rebuild.
National chain restaurants such as Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Long Horn Steakhouse, Benihana, Haru, RA, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, and Auntie Anne’s will be participating in this event, and select restaurants in twenty states will be providing more funds to the cause. Local eateries such as Café de Marco in Florida, Lombardi’s Pizza in New York, and Carlo’s Bakery in New Jersey are also supporting the fund.
There’s no better reason to dine out for the day. Those who don’t participate can still donate on the relief fund website.
Click here for a video about National Dine Out Day.