Bay Area Restaurants Rally to Support Meals on Wheels "Dine Out NOW" Program

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One Day Fundraiser on October 4th, 2011 to Help Feed Seniors Across Seven Counties

In response to the precarious economy and extensive budget cuts that have put considerable pressure on local support services, specifically for senior citizens, Meals on Wheels agencies in seven Bay Area counties have organized the second annual Bay Area Dine Out fundraising event. Nearly doubling restaurant participation over last year, more than 200 local restaurants (and counting) throughout the East Bay, South Bay, San Francisco, North Bay, and Peninsula have risen to the occasion and partnered with their dining clientele and the Dine Out program to help raise much needed funding for daily hot meal delivery to homebound seniors.

Participating restaurants will donate a portion of the day’s proceeds to their local Meals on Wheels organization. A few of the participating restaurants in San Francisco include: Pacific Catch and Colibri Mexican Bistro; Bucci’s and Dickey’s BBQ Pit in Alameda County; The Peasant and the Pear, Jack’s and Skipolini’s in Contra Costa County; Marin Brewing Company and Il Davide in Marin County; John Bentley’s and Bistro Vida in San Mateo County; and Paolo’s and Padgoda in Santa Clara County. Participating restaurants groups with multiple locations include Amici's East Coast Pizzeria, Hobee's California Restaurants, Tomatina, Celia’s and Buttercup Grill & Bar. Diners will also have the opportunity to make donations at each restaurant that will go directly to the local Meals on Wheels program in their community.

Bay Area Meals on Wheels agencies provide nearly 3 million meals each year to over 9,000 local seniors in need of a daily hot, nutritious meal, a wellness check and companionship. Beyond the nutritious meals provided to homebound seniors over the age of 60, Meals on Wheels helps seniors to live at home in safety, comfort and with dignity for as long as possible. Recent state and county budget cuts have eliminated support for thousands of low income seniors receiving assistance through in-home supportive services. These seniors are now forced to turn to agencies like Meals on Wheels, placing substantial strain on program resources already under significant stress to meet the needs of a growing, aging community.

To learn more and view participating establishments, visit http://www.DineOutNOW.org.

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