For a second year in a row, “Dine Out Escondido!” restaurants are donating $1 to the North County Food Bank’s FOOD 4 KIDS Backpack Program for every DOE special they sell during Restaurant Week.
“Our 32 amazing restaurant participants are thrilled to give back to their community through this donation to the North County Food Bank,” said Katherine Zimmer, tourism manager at Visit Escondido. Last year “Dine Out Escondido!” restaurant week donated just over $1,000. “We hope to double that this year,” Zimmer added.
The North County Food Bank’s FOOD 4 KIDS Backpack Program provides weekend backpacks filled with nutritious food to elementary school students living in poverty (Escondido’s Lincoln Elementary is in the program.)
Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank CEO James A. Floros said, “We are very grateful to the restaurants that are supporting our North County Food 4 Kids Backpack Program through the Dine Out Escondido! campaign. Children on the program receive free meals at school during the week, but face hunger over the weekend when school meals are unavailable. Funds raised through Dine Out Escondido! will help us provide weekend backpacks filled with food to elementary school children living in poverty.”
Kids on the program receive free breakfasts and lunches at school Monday through Friday, but face hunger at home on the weekends. The backpack of food they receive sees them through the weekend so they can return to school ready to learn on Monday. To feed one child for the entire school year costs $200; for one month it costs $22, and for one weekend it costs $5.50.
You can help them give big by enjoying their specials and going to several restaurants during the week.
For more info about the Food 4 Kids Backpack program, go to: sandiegofoodbank.org/food4kids
For more info on the 32 Escondido eateries participating in Dine Out Escondido, go to visitescondido.com/