Maryland Food Bank launches Dine Out 2 Help Out Campaign to raise awareness, end hunger

Mar 6, 2018

SALISBURY, Md. — Together with support from the Restaurant Association of Maryland, the Maryland Food Bank will launch Dine Out 2 Help Out, a statewide effort to raise awareness and help end hunger in Maryland, from March 19 to March 22, 2018. During this four-day campaign, restaurants across the state will Dine Out 2 Help Out by donating 5 percent of gross sales to the Maryland Food Bank.

Eastern Shore businesses slated to participate include Bayside Skillet, Fratelli’s Italian Restaurant, Hooked, and Touch of Italy. Additional Maryland restaurants including AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar, BOLDER food/drink, Conrad’s Seafood Restaurant, Eat a little Something, Explorers @ Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore, Hudson Coastal, Kelsey’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, Mike and Barry's Deli, Newk's Eatery, Rachel, Rye Street Tavern, Soul, The Elkridge Furnace Inn, and The Turn House will also take part in the initiative.

“We are thrilled to work with the Restaurant Association of Maryland and so many great dining establishments to help Marylanders in need,” Maryland Food Bank President & CEO Carmen Del Guercio said. “Dine Out 2 Help Out is an easy way for the local culinary community to work together and have an immediate impact on the fight to end hunger. We can’t thank our partners enough for helping us in our mission to do that.”

On any given day, nearly 45,000 individuals on the Eastern Shore face food insecurity, meaning they don’t have regular access to food. Over a third of that food-insecure population are children — more than 15,000 kids. What’s more, nearly 40 percent of the Maryland residents who rely on the food bank’s partner agencies are working, but make too much to qualify for any federal or state assistance.

Supporters can visit www.MDFoodBank.org/Dine-Out to find a list of participating restaurants and dine out with friends and family at those locations any time between March 19 and March 22. Another option is to dine in and make an online donation from home.