In some towns in our region, one in every three children lives in a family that struggles to put food on the table.
Each September during Hunger Action Month, the Western Massachusetts restaurant industry unites in an extraordinary showing of solidarity called Fork It Over for Food. Since its launch in 2010, the campaign has brought together hundreds of restaurants and consumers to raise funds which have provided meals to our neighbors in need throughout the region.
This year’s Fork It Over for Food campaign is even more exciting than ever. We’ve expanded our “menu” of options for your restaurant to participate. Options include collecting donations from customers, hosting a one-time percent of sales night, or creating a signature drink. With all the new ways to participate in Fork It Over For Food, there’s sure to be one that’s perfect for you to showcase your commitment to the community. As a supporter of The Food Bank, your restaurant will be included in our promotional material throughout the month, including a link on our website and a listing in our monthly e-newsletter.
This campaign proves you can do more than simply feed people for a day — you can help end local hunger.
the original ‘fork it over for food’
Collect donations from your patrons at the end of their meal by presenting an envelope (provided by The Food Bank) with their bill.
Participation options include one, two, three, or four weeks in September.
percent of sales day/night
Donate a percent of sales from a particular day, evening or event (such as a trivia night) at your restaurant. Per request, Food Bank donors, staff or volunteers can also be on-hand to help engage patrons in the cause.
round up ‘for change’
Ask customers to round up to the nearest dollar on their bill to benefit The Food Bank. This option is most successful when held over the course of a weekend or longer.
portion of proceeds from a menu item
Introduce a new menu item, a limited time offer, or promote a seasonal menu item. For example, throughout September, a portion of the proceeds from any burger will be donated to The Food Bank.
food bank signature drink
Orange is the color of Hunger Action Month. Why not “Go Orange” by creating a special Food Bank cocktail to show your support? The proceeds, or a portion of the proceeds, from the cocktail would benefit The Food Bank.
To participate in Fork It Over for Food this September, simply send an email of interest to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, questions, or to discuss other possible ways you’d like to participate in the campaign, call The Food Bank at 413-247-9738.