Thankful Thursday: Dollar-A-Dish

School children living in poverty who face the threat of hunger daily will receive weekly backpacks of nutritious food thanks to the support of local restaurants, their patrons and the Dollar-A-Dish campaign.

This year’s successful fundraising effort saw 31 restaurants participate raising thousands of dollars for the Food Bank’s Food 4 Kids Backpack Program, a school-based activity that provides a backpack of child-friendly, nutritious food to students who oftentimes go hungry over the weekend when school meals are unavailable.

The Dollar-A-Dish campaign took place during the month of August, and saw restaurants donate $1 every time a designated signature dish was ordered. Additionally, restaurant patrons also made direct donations as part of this campaign. In total, the culinary-themed campaign raised $19,688, enough to provide weekly backpacks of food to nearly 100 school children living in poverty in communities throughout San Diego County for an entire year.

The Food Bank sends a “Thankful Thursday” thank you to the 31 participating restaurants and Sysco for their support. Additionally, a big “THANK YOU” goes to Jan Borkum, of the San Diego Chapter of the California Restaurant Association, for all of her work in organizing and heading up this year’s event. Your support and involvement make a positive impact on thousands of families right here in San Diego.

Dollar-A-Dish Restaurant Participants Included:

100 Wines
Analog
Bali Hai Restaurant
Bencotto
Bernini’s Bistro
Blue Point Coastal Cuisine
Busalacchi’s a Modo Mio
Café Coyote
Café Japengo
Carnitas’ Snack Shack
Cowboy Star Restaurant & Butcher Shop
Cucina Enoteca Del Mar
Cucina Urbana
D Bar Restaurant
Indigo Grill
Leroy’s Kitchen & Lounge
Morello
OB Warehouse
Puesto
The Blind Burro
The Patio on Goldfinch
The Patio on Lamont
The Red Door
The Smoking Goat
The Swell Café
The Wellington Steak & Martini Lounge
Tom Ham’s Lighthouse
URBN Coal Fired Pizza – El Cajon
URBN Coal Fired Pizza – Encinitas
URBN Coal Fired Pizza – North Park
Village Pizzeria- Orange Ave