Restaurants Across the Country Embrace Week-Long Event to End Childhood Hunger in America
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 16 // PRNewswire // -- Captain D's is pleased to announce their participation in Share Our Strength's Great American Dine Out(R), a week-long national restaurant event in cities across the United States. Captain D's will join together with thousands of other restaurants to raise funds to help end childhood hunger in America. Guests are invited to participate at their local Captain D's on September 21, 2009, when in participating restaurants nationwide, Captain D's will be donating a portion of that day's total sales.
"We at Captain D's are proud of our continued leadership and participation in the Great American Dine-out. We're also encouraged that by joining with the entire restaurant industry, we can make progress towards that tough but achievable goal of ending Childhood hunger in America," according to David Head, President of Captain D's Seafood Kitchen, LLC.
The first Great American Dine Out in 2008 raised more than half a million dollars. 4,000 restaurants participated, from independent and family-owned establishments to large chains and restaurant groups. Donations of restaurant sales, direct donations from dining patrons and restaurant suppliers, plus money raised through promotions, helped to make the program a success.
Millions of consumers play a vital role in this initiative; their choice to dine out at participating restaurants like Captain D's, will help feed children across America. Each year, more than 12 million children in America (one of every six) worry about when their next meal will come. Share Our Strength is the leading organization working to end childhood hunger in America.
"We are asking millions of consumers and thousands of restaurants to help us fight childhood hunger," said Bill Shore, Founder of Share Our Strength. "We were heartened by the generosity and commitment of the restaurant industry and diners last year. Our hope is to continue this program every year until every child in America has access to nutritious food where they live, learn and play."
This year Food Network star Aaron McCargo, Jr. will serve as the spokesperson for the Great American Dine Out. The 2008 winner of "The Next Food Network Star" and host of his own Food Network show, Big Daddy's House, Aaron enjoys family life as a loving husband and father to three children in Camden, N.J. With a wealth of restaurant and catering experience, Aaron also speaks to area youth about overcoming adversity to achieve personal goals. He was recently honored by the City of Camden, N.J. (where he was also born and raised) for his commitment to service and his amazing success in the food industry.
"As a dedicated father and passionate foodie, I feel truly blessed to be a part of Share Our Strength's Great American Dine Out. I hope that by sharing my love and knowledge of food, I can encourage families to participate in this worthwhile program to help end childhood hunger in America," said Aaron McCargo.
The Great American Dine Out is sponsored by Sysco, S.Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water, Ecolab, the Food Network, USA Today and The National Restaurant Association.
Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, Captain D's owns, operates and franchises some 550 restaurants in 26 states, plus military bases around the world. Captain D's offers its customers great seafood at reasonable prices in a relaxed environment. Captain D's restaurants serve a widely varied seafood menu that includes freshly prepared entrees, and the company's signature fried fish which is freshly hand-battered and prepared to order to ensure freshness. The restaurants also offer premium-quality baked or broiled fish, as well as shrimp, chicken, an expanded selection of home-style side dishes, hushpuppies, desserts and freshly brewed, southern style sweet tea, a Captain D's favorite.
Share Our Strength(R) is the leading national organization working to make sure no kid in America grows up hungry. We weave together a net of community groups, activists and food programs to catch children at risk of hunger and ensure they have nutritious food where they live, learn and play. We work with the culinary industry to create engaging, pioneering programs like Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation(R), the nation's premier culinary benefit; Share Our Strength's Great American Bake Sale(R), a national grassroots effort; Share Our Strength's A Tasteful Pursuit(R), a touring dinner series; Share Our Strength's Great American Dine Out (R), a week-long program involving thousands of restaurants nationwide; and Share Our Strength's Operation Frontline(R), a cooking-based nutrition education program.
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