This Thanksgiving, Eat Out or Order In and Help Fight World Hunger with Stop Hunger Now

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Global Nonprofit Teams up with Raleigh and NYC Restaurants with ‘Plates for the World’ Campaign

“The spirit of Thanksgiving is about the sharing of food from people who have abundance to those who have nothing." Stephen Day, Plates Neighborhood Kitchen

This Thanksgiving, two Raleigh restaurants are teaming up with Stop Hunger Now to make Thanksgiving hassle­-free for people with a philanthropic spirit who are looking for an alternative to cooking on the holiday. This year’s "Plates for the World" promotion includes a gourmet Thanksgiving dinner available as take­out or served at two local restaurants: Plates Neighborhood Kitchen and Irregardless Cafe. A portion of the proceeds from the day's sales will be donated to Stop Hunger Now to support their mission to end world hunger.

Thanksgiving reservations are required at both restaurants. For menus, times and cost, visit Stop Hunger Now Plates for the World; Plates Neighborhood Kitchen; or Irregardless Cafe.

The program was originally launched in Raleigh by Plates Neighborhood Kitchen three years ago, and this year has expanded to the Manhattan, NY area through a new campaign partnership with, a leading destination for online ordering. Both and participating Manhattan-based restaurants will donate a portion of sales proceeds from Wednesday, Nov. 23 through Friday, Nov. 25 to Stop Hunger Now.

Hunger is an epidemic that affects 795 million people throughout the world. Every night, one in nine people across the globe goes to bed hungry. Since it launched its meal­-packing program in 2005, Stop Hunger Now has distributed over 296 million meals in 74 countries. The nonprofit is growing a global movement to end hunger through hands-on volunteerism and advocacy. It creates self-sufficient communities by supporting food security, feeding programs, sustainable community and agriculture programs and by providing crisis relief.

“Part of Plates Neighborhood Kitchen’s mission statement is to make the world a better place,” says Stephen Day, owner of Plates Neighborhood Kitchen. “The spirit of Thanksgiving is about the sharing of food from people who have abundance to those who have nothing. The idea of giving back to Stop Hunger Now seemed to pair so well with the Thanksgiving Holiday, so the idea of “Plates for the World” was born.”

Participating restaurants are committed to giving back to the community and have a vision that more restaurants will participate in the future. “By banding together – we can make a difference in ending hunger,” says Arthur Gordon of Irregardless Cafe.

About Stop Hunger Now
Stop Hunger Now works to end hunger by providing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable people, and by creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources. Established in 1998, they have provided more than 296 million meals in 74 countries. Based in Raleigh, N.C., Stop Hunger Now operates meal packaging programs in 20 U.S. cities and in South Africa, Malaysia, India, Italy, Peru and the Philippines. For information, visit

About Plates Neighborhood Kitchen
Locally-­owned Plates Neighborhood Kitchen specializes in international dishes combined with regional southern flavors. Over the last 20 years, owners Stephen and Kate Day have lived and traveled around the world and are often surprised and inspired by the food they have eaten along the way. Having learned new flavors and techniques to add to the outstanding food of the American South, the one constant theme they realized is how different foods from different cultures can unite people, regardless of nationality. Meals provide the opportunity to meet new people, share stories, provide new experiences and make connections in the community.

About Irregardless Cafe
Since 1975, The Irregardless Café has been providing fresh-from-the-farm healthy and innovative meals, live musical entertainment nightly and a strong sense of community. Founded and operated by Arthur Gordon, owner/chef, the Irregardless Cafe opened as the community’s first vegetarian restaurant and evolved into a restaurant featuring a diverse menu of healthily prepared fresh foods. Irregardless stands as a pioneer in the restaurant business for taking concepts like ‘green’ and ‘sustainable’ long before they became buzz words, and putting them into action.

About empowers the neighborhood economy by enabling customers to order online from their favorite local restaurants, grocery stores, wine and spirits shops, and laundry and dry cleaning providers. Every day more than one million customers explore their communities and order from more than 10,000 local businesses while at home, at work, or on the go. With headquarters in New York and a growing presence throughout the U.S., makes e-commerce an integral part of local daily life, helping customers shop, businesses grow, and neighborhoods thrive. is a trademark of, LLC.

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