By Derrek J. Hull, Blogger-in-Chief
Restaurants often are among the first to respond when disaster strikes, and many quickly sprung into action following Tuesday’s devastating earthquake in Haiti.
The National Restaurant Association encourages restaurants across the country to support disaster-relief efforts for Haiti. From national chains to small businesses, everyone can help. We’ve heard from some of you, including the Common Man Family of Restaurants. The New Hampshire company pledged to donate 50 percent of Jan. 17 food sales to Haiti relief efforts. Common Man twice won the Association’s Restaurant Neighbor Award.
Read more about the Common’s Man’s fundraiser, as well as Yum! Brands’ $500,000 and McDonald’s (with their main Latin America operator Arcos Dorados) $1 million commitments.
Don't forget to share your Haiti disaster-relief stories with us here at the Association’s NRA Show and International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event blog Floored! , Twitter and Facebook. Also, e-mail the Association’s Alyssa Prince at email@example.com.
Chicago’s mk The Restaurant will be hosting a cocktail hour on Monday, Jan. 18, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. to support relief for those in Haiti. Donations will be matched and all proceeds will go to Oxfam International. Also, Bleeding Heart Bakery is serving cupcakes for Haiti this weekend. All proceeds will go directly to the Red Cross.
Here are relief organizations collecting food, drinking water and money for Haitian earthquake victims:
Share Our Strength
UN World Food Programme
Food for the Poor
Action Against Hunger
American Red Cross
Doctors Without Borders