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Foodservice Industry Week in Brief: 8/31

Looking for some of the week’s top information? Check out these five stories from the foodservice industry from August 27-31.

Hurricane Isaac Could Mean More Bad News for Farmers

From Chicago Tribune, Read Full Story

Over the last couple weeks we’ve continued to see the effects of the drought on the nation’s heartland and have heard many speculations as to how it will impact food prices.  According to U.S. Drought Monitor, updated last on Thursday August 30, many states are still categorized at the D4 level, the most intense type of drought on the scale.  This may change over the next few days as many Midwest states will receive much needed rainfall with the remnants of Hurricane Issac.  However according to a Chicago Tribune article, an agricultural meteorologist said the remnants will stall crop harvests and could cause some localized damage.

National Restaurant Association to Kick Off National Food Safety Month

From Food Safety Month, Read Full Story

“Be safe, don’t cross-contaminate” says the National Restaurant Association, who kicks off their 18th annual National Food Safety Month on September 1.  NFSM is an annual NRA campaign that brings more awareness to food safety.  Through the campaign, NRA offers a variety of tools for restaurants such as training activities and posters.  All materials are free and can be found on the Serv Safe website.

Registration Has Begun for the US Pizza Team Trials and American Pizza Championship

From United States Pizza Team, Read Full Story

Does your pizzaria have something special that others don’t?  Do you have a special technique that puts you ahead of your competition? You can use all the skills that make your pizza place special at this year’s US Pizza Team Trials and American Pizza Championship.  According to the U.S. Pizza Team website, “The U.S. Pizza Team was established in 2000 as a vehicle to further promote the pizza industry and independent pizzerias through friendly competition, live and televised performances, team and individual appearances and more.”  They added attending team members gain a sense of camaraderie with others providing an overall positive outcome for customers.

Last Chance to Sign Up for September’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry

From The Central Blog, Read Full Story

For restaurants, both independent and multi-units, looking to increase sales and raise money for a great cause, Share Our Strength’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry™ is the perfect fundraiser.  Dine Out For No Kid Hungry enables restaurants to donate a portion of sales to help end childhood hunger.  There’s no registration fee or minimum donation amount to join and Share Our Strength has literally done all the work enabling restaurants to get started quickly with little effort on their part.  While the official week for the event is September 16-22, Share Our Strength® welcomes and encourages restaurants to participate anytime and for as long as they’d like during the month of September.  The last day to sign up is Friday September 7.  Register today!  Contact Share Our Strength Senior Manager Jessie Sherrer at 202-478-6505 with questions.

Labor Day Weekend Restaurant Sales and Promotions

Looking to dine out this weekend?  We’ve looked all over the web and found some deals going on this weekend so you can dine out, boost restaurant sales and save some money at the same time.

Bahama Breeze Italian Grille: $10 Burger and Beer

Baskin-Robbins: Buy One Cone, Get One Free

Buca di Beppo: $10 Off Dine In and To Go Orders

Burger King: $1 Real Fruit Smoothies

Caribou Coffee: $2 Breakfast Sandwiches or Oatmeal

Carrabba’s Italian Grill: $10 Off and $5 Off of Purchase

Denny’s: Free ‘Nana Bread Pancake Puppies with Entree Purchase

Macaroni Grill: Buy One Entree, Get One Free

Mimis Cafe: $5 off Purchase of $15

On The Border: Free Order of Original Queso

Pizza Hut: Spend $20 or More and Get Free Medium Pizza

Quiznos: Buy One, Get One for $1 and $1 Off Select Menu Items

Red Robin: Facebook Offer–$5 off $20 Purchase

Sonic: Half Price Breakfast Burritos on September 4

Subway: $5 Footlong Faves

Dine Out for No Kid Hungry: Your Restaurant Can Help End Childhood Hunger

Have you ever wondered how your restaurant can help raise money for a cause? Share Our Strength’s Dine Out for No Kid Hungry is an excellent opportunity for all restaurants, both large and small, to help end childhood hunger in America.

What is Dine Out for No Kid Hungry?

Dine Out for No Kid Hungry is a national fundraising campaign for restaurants to help Share Our Strength end childhood hunger in America.

The official week for the event is September 15-22; however Share Our Strength welcomes and encourages restaurants to participate for as much of September as possible.  The event enables restaurants to help fight for the cause while increasing sales at the same time. 

Read how Dine Out for No Kid Hungry works on the Understanding Childhood Hunger page of their website.

Participation Benefits

According to Dine Out for No Kid Hungry, restaurants that have participated in the event have reported an increase in sales, 20 percent average coupon redemption rate and overall higher employee morale and customer satisfaction during the fundraiser.  Earlier in the year, we spoke with Jessie Sherrer, senior manager at Share Our Strength, to sum up other benefits for restaurants, which are:

  • Support a cause that customers care about
  • No minimum financial commitment; high potential return
  • Drive business objectives including sales, traffic, ticket price, repeat business, PR, etc.
  • Energize employees and encourage team-building, improving performance and job satisfaction
  • Engage guests with your brand
  • Turn-key activation: National PR from Share Our Strength and access to the online resource center of promotional materials, employee training guides, template press materials, social media guide and more
  • Platform for customer giving programs, bounce-back coupons, special menu items, etc

Becoming Involved is Easy

Share Our Strength has made it incredibly easy for restaurants to become involved with Dine Out for No Kid Hungry.  Upon registering for the event, Share Our Strength provides all the resources restaurants need to help them with their promotion, whatever that promotion be such as a bounce-back coupon, free item or percentage off.  They also have a team of experts readily available for restaurants to speak with about successful promotions and best practices.

Past Success

Dine Out for No Kid Hungry has made such progress since they started this event five years ago.  Just looking back over the last couple years, in 2010, participating restaurants helped to raise over $1.5 million. Then for 2011, they raised $2.4 million.  Sherrer told us earlier in the year they hope to have 10,000 participating restaurants and to raise $5 million during the 2012 campaign.  They’re on the right path because as of July 2012, 6,500 restaurants have signed up.

So What Are You Waiting For?

Ready to sign up? Registering is probably a little easier than you would think and Share Our Strength is ready to help with any issues or questions that may arise.

Not a restaurant or wondering about other ways to help?  Make a donation and check back to their zip-code search map to find participating restaurants in your area for when the fundraiser kicks off in September.

Also, check out a free webinar Share Our Strength is hosting on Thursday July 19 titled “Share Our Strength’s Dine Out for No Kid Hungry: Engaging Millennials as Employees & Customers” with Corner Bakery Café’s CMO Diana Hovey.

 

 

Images from the Dine Out for No Kid Hungry website.

Restaurants Can Start Signing Up for Dine Out for No Kid Hungry

It’s that time of year again; restaurants can begin to sign up for Share Our Strength’s Dine Out for No Kid Hungry, which will run during the week of September 16.  Some restaurants even extend their participation throughout the entire month of September.

Dine Out for No Kid Hungry is a fundraising campaign for restaurants to help Share Our Strength end childhood hunger in America. It enables restaurants help fight for the cause while increasing sales at the same time.

With childhood obesity being such a heavily discussed topic in the news, it can be easy to forget the nearly one in five children in America facing hunger or the 15.7 million that live in poverty.  That’s where Dine Out for No Kid Hungry comes in and gets restaurants and diners all across the country involved.

“Last year, I am happy to report that we raised nearly $2.4 million, which was a 53 percent increase over 2010,” said Jessie Sherrer, senior manager at Share Our Strength.  “Restaurants reported sales increases of up to 8 percent and average coupon redemption rates up to 40 percent.”

Sherrer added 2011 was an amazing year and this year promises to be even better.  Their goal for 2012 is to have 10,000 participating restaurants and to raise $5 million.

Spokesperson Jeff Bridges

Share Our Strength has made it easy for restaurants to sign up and to have all the information they need to be prepared.  Registration is free and easy to fill out. They have even provided a spreadsheet for multi-unit restaurants so all locations appear on the event’s searchable Google map.

Once restaurants have signed up, they can take advantage of the Online Resource Center which houses point of purchase materials, media and customer outreach tools, employee engagement templates and guidelines, case studies, fact sheets, logos and videos.

In a nutshell, Share Our Strength has done all the work and preparation so restaurants can just focus on running a successful promotion. Sherrer shared these additional key points on how participating with Dine Out for No Kid Hungry can help a business:

  • Support a cause that customers care about
  • No minimum financial commitment; high potential return
  • Drive business objectives including sales, traffic, ticket price, repeat business, PR, etc.
  • Energize employees and encourage team-building, improving performance and job satisfaction
  • Engage guests with your brand
  • Turn-key activation: National PR from Share Our Strength and access to the online resource center of promotional materials, employee training guides, template press materials, social media guide and more
  • Platform for customer giving programs, bounce-back coupons, special menu items, etc.

According to the Dine Out for No Kid Hungry website, funds raised during the event help “build state- and city-based No Kid Hungry partnerships of public and private decision-makers who develop a measurable action plan to end child hunger in their city.”

The event also expands effective assistance, education and advocacy programs, raises awareness of childhood hunger and educates at-risk families. The campaign focuses on school breakfast, non-school hour programs (i.e. summer, after school) healthy snacks, SNAP (food stamps), WIC (Women, Infants and Children Assistance), emergency food assistance and skills-based nutrition education.

For more information, visit the Dine Out for No Kid Hungry website, as well as Facebook and Twitter.

Restaurants aren’t the only ones who can help.  Anyone can take the pledge or make a donation.

All photos used with permission from the Share Our Strength/Dine Out for No Kid Hungry website.

Sign Your Restaurant Up For Dine Out For No Kid Hungry

Image from Dine Out Website

September is just around the corner, which means it is time to start gearing up for this year’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry™ (formally known as the Great American Dine Out).

This year’s event will be September 18-24.

With childhood obesity being such a heavily discussed topic lately, we can’t forget the over 17 million children who face hunger each day in America.

Dine Out For No Kid Hungry™ is a national event and a great way for both restaurants and diners to combat child hunger together.  It is a part of  Share Our Strength’s national campaign to end childhood hunger in America.

Last year, over 4000 restaurants helped to raise over $1.5 million.

This year, Share Our Strength’s Senior Manager of Communications, Catherine Puzo, says their goal is to raise over $3 million by engaging 5000 restaurants around the country.

Image from Dine Out Website

“Restaurants that have participated in the past tell us that participating in Dine Out For No Kid Hungry—especially when they register early enough to plan a well-thought promotion around it, and market it to their customers—engages employees around a relevant cause, connects them to their community, and, depending on the type of promotion developed, increases sales,” she says.

Puzo also mentions many restaurants were successful in gaining repeat business by using bounce back coupons.  So even though we’re still in July, now is the time to sign up and start planning.

Restaurants participating, or interested in participating, in this year’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry™ can go here to learn how to become involved.  They also provide detailed information for both multi-unit or independently owned establishments.

When planning, they advise restaurants to make a tangible goal such as a specific dollar amount, number of redeemed coupons or sales from the promotion. As Puzo said, bounce back coupons have been a great way previous participants have benefited.

They also recommend restaurants use both social and traditional media to help promote and educate both employees and customers.

Image from Dine Out Website

“Invite them to be a part of the solution, too, by supporting your efforts,” they say—followed by an extensive list of ideas to get a restaurant started, shown on this page.  There is also a Participant Resource Center, so your restaurant will not be left in the dark and you will have everything you need.

In-store materials will be available to order starting August 1.

Donations from Dine Out For No Kid Hungry™ have helped provide meals of nutritional value for after school programs, feed kids lunch during the summer, provide more access to school breakfast, help families meet nutritional needs and expand access to programs such as SNAP  (food stamps) and WIC (the Women, Infants and Children program). It has also helped teach families how to provide healthy and tasty food while on a limited budget.

If you are looking for other ways to participate, you can become a sponsor or donate to the cause.  Some of this year’s national sponsors include Sysco, American Express, Ecolab, USA Today and the National Restaurant Association.

A few restaurants participating in this year’s event, who are also Central customers, include Dave & Buster’s, Monical’s Pizza, Buffalo Wild Wings and Kona Grill.

To learn more, explore the Dine Out website, visit them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and take the pledge to help end childhood hunger in American by 2015.

Image from Dine Out Website