As Westport heads toward the holidays, many of us will dine well.
We’ll enjoy meals at fine restaurants, with friends, family and colleagues. It’s the most wonderful time of the year.
But it’s not such a great time for our neighbors who are hungry. So, as we eat and drink, we should also look for this logo:
“Hunger Bites” is a month-long campaign to end local hunger. Co-sponsored by Food Rescue US — a national organization (with a strong Westport presence) that moves fresh, usable food that would have been thrown away by restaurants and grocery stores to families that desperately need it — and the CTBites website, the month-long drive is a way to make a donation on your restaurant bill. It goes directly to folks in need.
With the cost of delivery just 5 cents a meal, adding just $1 to your check provides 20 meals.
National board member (and Westporter) Simon Hallgarten notes that this is far below the norm for most food non-profits. Food Rescue US is so efficient because there is no cost of storage or delivery. They crowdsource their volunteers, so there is no direct cost for pickup or delivery.
Participating restaurants in Westport include The Cottage, Jesup Hall, Kawa Ni, Match Burger Lobster, Tarry Lodge, The Whelk and Winfield Coffee & Deli.
We’ve got a lot of choices for great dining over the next few weeks. Those places should be on everyone’s list.