BRADENTON – In America, one in five children struggle with hunger. This September, each of the three waterfront restaurants of the Chiles Restaurant Group – the Sandbar in Anna Maria, the Beachhouse in Bradenton Beach, and the Mar Vista Dockside on Longboat Key – will join thousands of restaurants nationwide to support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign by raising funds in the restaurants. The Sandbar, Beachhouse and Mar Vista will donate one dollar from the sale of every grouper sandwich and adult burger sold between September 8 and September 21 to the effort.
In addition, the restaurant will host a Facebook contest asking its fans to guess how many grouper sandwiches will be sold throughout the campaign, offering either two grouper sandwiches or two adult burgers for the fan who can guess (or come closest to) the actual number sold.
“The Chiles Restaurant Group is committed to giving back and saw a perfect fit in partnering with an organization trying to end childhood hunger,” said Ed Chiles, Chiles Restaurant Group Owner. “‘Dine Out for No Kid Hungry’ is a great organization and each year our management, staff and customers look forward to taking part in the campaign and contributing to the cause. We look forward to contributing again in 2014 and hope it is our strongest year yet.”
This is the third year the Chiles Restaurant Group has taken part in Dine Out for No Kid Hungry. It raised $1,511 and $1,250 in 2012 and 2013, respectively, among its three restaurants in support of ending childhood hunger locally and nationwide.
In 2013, nearly 9,000 restaurants raised $7.5 million for the No Kid Hungry campaign. No Kid Hungry funds are used to raise awareness about child hunger in the U.S., create public-private partnerships that align kids with the resources they need, support nutrition programs like School Breakfast and Summer Meals, and educate kids and their families on how to cook healthy meals with limited resources.
“Everyone—private citizens, businesses, policymakers, and nonprofits—has a role in helping end childhood hunger in America,” said Billy Shore, Founder and CEO of Share Our Strength®. “I encourage everyone to dine out often at participating restaurants wherever they are this September. Then visit NoKidHungry.org to join this national movement to ensure that every child in America has access to the nutritious food they need, every day.”