By Derrek J. Hull, Blogger-in-Chief
Restaurants’ charitable contributions are estimated at $3 billion annually, and more than nine out of 10 restaurants are actively involved in community service. To recognize these efforts, the National Restaurant Association (NRA) encourages the nation’s nearly one million restaurants to apply for its 2013 Restaurant Neighbor Award.
The NRA and Restaurant Neighbor Award founding partner American Express developed the award to raise awareness about the restaurant industry’s contributions in local communities. Application/nomination forms are accepted online at Restaurant.org/Community until January 7, 2013. The NRA will also accept nominations through its social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter.
The annual Restaurant Neighbor Award is presented to restaurants that exemplify the industry’s community support and philanthropic spirit. Four national winners will each receive a $5,000 contribution to their charitable projects. The national winners will be presented the awards in Washington, D.C., in April 2013, and be recognized on the NRA’s website.