Here’s a new way to support the Food Bank. All you need to do is go out to dinner.
During July, August and September, three popular island restaurants have agreed to donate 10 percent of their food and beverage income from one night each month to the Vashon Maury Community Food Bank.
The initiative is called “Dine Out Against Hunger.” The three restaurants? The Hardware Store, May Kitchen + Bar and Gravy.
“We’re thrilled these three community-minded restaurants have agreed to join the Food Bank in this collaboration,” said Chip Wright, president of the Food Bank board.
“The beauty of ‘Dine Out Against Hunger’ is its simplicity. The restaurants will take care of getting the money to the Food Bank. All the public needs to do is eat out on the nights the restaurants are participating – nothing more.”
The three restaurants will donate part of their revenue to the Food Bank from 5 p.m. until closing on different nights, and on a rotating basis. If you dine at The Hardware Store on the second Wednesday of each month – July 11, August 8, September 12 – 10 percent of what you spend will go to the Food Bank.
The dates for May Kitchen + Bar are July 18, August 15 and September 19 – the third Wednesday of each month. Gravy will follow on the fourth Thursday – July 26, August 23, September 27.
The Food Bank distributed groceries to 1 in every 8 Vashon households in 2017 – working people with low-wage jobs, seniors, children, the disabled. Its summer “Picnics in the Parks” program provides free lunches – 4,400 last year — to island children and teens, some of whom may not have access to enough nutritious food with school not in session and free or reduced-price school meals not available.
“We said yes immediately when the Food Bank approached us about participating in ‘Dine Out Against Hunger,’” said Gravy owner Pepa Brower. “Vashon is our community; this is a way for us to be involved in making it a better place.”
“A partnership like this between island restaurants and the island Food Bank is so obvious,” said Melinda Powers, owner of The Hardware Store. “‘Dine Out Against Hunger’ is a way for our customers to enjoy a nice meal and make sure others are fed as well.”
“Many of us don’t realize how many people on Vashon depend on the Food Bank,” said May owner Tom Schwaegler. “Hopefully this partnership will not only raise money, but also raise awareness.”
Wright, the Food Bank board president, said many long-time islanders are relying on the Food Bank more as the cost of living, particularly housing, continues to increase.
He urged islanders and visitors to patronize May, Gravy and The Hardware Store on “Dine Out Against Hunger” nights. “Their generosity deserves to be rewarded,” he said. “And the more you eat, the more you’ll be helping the Food Bank feed your neighbors.”