The Great American Dine Out

It’s not very often that I get a chance to combine my blog with my daytime job as a lobbyist. In all honesty, I have tried to keep my two lives separate. But for the past year I just happen to be working on an issue that I not only find inspiring professionally, but have also had a strong interest in personally for quite awhile. The issue of childhood hunger in America has reached a critical peak over the past few years. Currently 1 in 4 children are food insecure. This means that they

Photo courtesy of Bruce Tuten

go without nutritious food on a fairly regular basis. It is a travesty that in the richest country in the world a child should want for food.

Part of my job is to advocate for these children. Through my work I have come in to contact with the wonderful group Share Our Strength. Now there is a way that you can get involved, enjoy a delicious meal, and help hungry kids all at the same time. From September 19-25 Share Our Strength will be sponsoring the Great American Dine Out. Thousands of restaurants from around the country will participate and a portion of the proceeds will go to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, which works to end childhood hunger in the United States by 2015 (the same goal set by President Obama).

Photo courtesy of Strength.org

75 restaurants in the DC area will be participating, including Proof, Estadio, Ping Pong Dim Sum, California Tortilla, and Art and Soul. A complete listing of the restaurants can be found here.

So gather some friends, make a reservation, enjoy a delicious meal, and help change a life!

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