Food For Thought seeks restaurants for Food Fight 419Written by Matt Liasse | | email@example.com
Food For Thought is looking for restaurants to join in a food fight.
To recognize National Hunger Awareness Month, Food For Thought will host an initiative to fight local hunger with Food Fight 419. The project will include restaurants in the Toledo area donating 5 percent of their one-day sales to Food For Thought. The all-day event will be Sept. 24.
“I am bringing awareness back to National Hunger Awareness Month,” said Chief Thought Officer Sam Melden. “We want to get the word out even more about hunger in the community and what Food For Thought is doing to try and feed Toledo.”
Food For Thought is a local social justice organization “dedicated to feeding the hungry and offering dignity … to anyone in need.” It was formed in 2007 when the group would feed eight families a month in Downtown Toledo. By 2008, the group was feeding 200 families a month. According to its website, the organization is more than feeding the hungry, “it is about building relationships.”
“[Food For Thought] is trying to feed people in a thoughtful way,” said Melden, who organized the highly successful Jam City event earlier this year. “With Food For Thought, it’s more about eye contact than it is about full stomachs; it’s more about handshakes than it is about handouts. Food is a vehicle to making simple, dignified relationships with people.”
The organization has 15 food pantries, 14 being mobile and one located on Seaman Road in Oregon. Mobile pantries include East Toledo Family Center, Wayman D. Palmer YMCA, Lake Township Fire Department and Nu-Vizion Church.
For a full list of the pantries, visit feedtoledo.org.
For information on Food Fight 419, visit foodfight419.com.