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The 2012 Dine Out for No Kid Hungry Event Success

During the month of September, restaurants across the country, both large and small, participated in Share Our Strength’s Dine Out for No Kid Hungry. This annual event enables restaurants and their customers to work together and raise money for the No Kid Hungry campaign, which has a goal to end childhood hunger.

The No Kid Hungry campaign connects needy children to effective nutrition programs such as School Breakfast or Summer Food Service.  The campaign also teaches families healthy cooking methods and how to obtain affordable meals through the Cooking Matters program.

Each year, donations toward the No Kid Hungry campaign from the Dine Out for No Kid Hungry event continue to rise.  Restaurants helped raise $1.5 million in 2010, and $2.4 million in 2011.  So how did 2012 do?

“This year our goal was $5 million and we definitely surpassed that, and it looks like by a lot,” Jessie Sherrer, senior manager at Share Our Strength, said.

There were 8,283 participating restaurants this year compared to 5,611 last year.

Each year there is a designated week in September for Dine Out for No Kid Hungry, however Share Our Strength is open to and encourages restaurants to extend the campaign as long as they like during the month.

“We saw many different types of promotions, but the biggest difference is that we had restaurants that participated for longer than just the official week this year,” Sherrer said.  “Many participated for the full month of September, some for three weeks and some for two.  Denny’s actually extended their promotion at the last minute and participated for two months!”

Promotions restaurants ran this year included bounce-back coupons (customers are given an incentive to return upon making a donation)  and multi-tiered promotions (the larger the donation, the larger value there would be on a coupon).

Sherrer added restaurants were creative with non-traditional types of promotions, especially using Facebook and Twitter.  It’s all up to the restaurant and what they would like to do.

What’s so great and convenient for restaurants that participate in Dine Out for No Kid Hungry is Share Our Strength does all of the work.

“We do create tools to make participation easier: standard and customizable coupons, posters, menu cards, etc.,” Sherrer said.  “The restaurants are welcome to use them or create their own in-store POP.  We also create customizable pre-event and post-event press releases, employee training guides, talking points, etc.  We try to make the program as turn-key as possible so that the restaurants don’t have to do all of the heavy lifting.”

As an added bonus this year, independent operators (five restaurants or less), received a complimentary in-store marketing kit with two front-of-the-house posters, two back-of-the-house posters, 50 check stuffers, 50 sticks and a window decal.  Sherrer noticed this added bonus had to have paid off as there were many impressive donations from this sector–higher than in previous years.

Also, restaurants that participated in the event were given exposure on Dine Out for No Kid Hungry’s interactive search map.  This is very beneficial for restaurants because Share Our Strength makes September “No Kid Hungry” month and has a call to action for those involved with the event to search for participating restaurants and dine at them.

“Restaurants that commit to certain fundraising goals, get extra benefits such as logo placement on the restaurant registration page, interactive map page and partner page,” Sherrer said.  “We also conducted a Radio Media Tour in major markets.  Executives from the featured restaurant companies were able to be interviewed by radio stations to promote their participation and talk about why participating in Dine Out For No Kid Hungry was important to them, their employees, the communities they serve and the country overall.”

So what’s on the agenda for 2013?

“We have lofty financial goals for next year and hope to raise between $8 million and $10 million,” Sherrer said.  “We haven’t yet set a final goal for participating restaurants, but will likely need about 20,000 to hit that number!”

If your restaurant is interested in participating in Dine Out for No Kid Hungry 2013, registration has already begun. You can also make a donation to the No Kid Hungry campaign to help curb childhood hunger.

Foodservice Industry Week in Brief: October 26

Looking for some of the week’s top information for the foodservice industry? Check out these 10 stories, plus this week’s promotion from Central, for the week of October 22-26

Top 10 Foodservice Industry Stories

National Restaurant Association: Restaurateurs–Make informed decisions; vote

Nation’s Restaurant News: Restaurant promotions leverage presidential election

MedCity News: Free fruit at school tied to fewer junk snacks

Convenience Store News: NRA hosting new foodservice recovery summit

QSR: Taco Bell hits home run with “Steal a Base, Steal a Taco”

National Restaurant Association: Suit settlement won’t fix broken swipe-fee system

Eater: Disney Just might buy the Food Network

Dine Out for No Kid Hungry: Joint letter to the presidential candidates: What are your plans for addressing child poverty?

HuffPost Food: McDonald’s holiday menu–Golden arches serving egg nog shakes, pumpkin desserts this winter

National Restaurant Association: The rap on foodservice packaging recovery

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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

Last Chance to Sign Up for Dine Out For No Kid Hungry!

Share Our Strength’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry, a national fundraiser that gives restaurants the opportunity to help end childhood hunger,  is literally just around the corner.  While the September 7 registration deadline is near, restaurants can still sign up.

Benefits of Signing Up

By signing up to participate in Dine Out For No Kid Hungry, restaurants are able to support a cause customers care about.  Restaurant size doesn’t matter–participants range from small independent restaurants to nationwide chains.

Dine Out For No Kid Hungry said past participants reported an increase in sales, 20 percent average coupon redemption rate and overall higher employee morale and customer satisfaction during the fundraiser.

Event Dates

The official week for the event is September 16-22; however Share Our Strength® welcomes and encourages restaurants to participate as much as they would like throughout the month.

It’s Not Too Late

Still on the fence?  It’s still not too late.

“There isn’t a registration fee or minimum donation amount (to participate),” Jessie Sherrer, senior manager at Share our Strength, said.  She added all independent restaurants that register will receive a free marketing materials kit that includes:

  • (2) Front of the house posters
  • (1) Back of the house poster
  • (50) Menu cards/check stuffers
  • (50) stickers
  • (1) Window cling decal

Getting Involved is Easy

Share Our Strength has made it incredibly easy for restaurants to become involved and run a successful campaign.  Upon registration, they provide all the resources restaurants need.  Share Our Strength also has a team of experts readily available for restaurants to speak with about successful promotions and best practices.

Registration and Assistance

By participating in Dine Out For No Kid Hungry, you will be joining forces with thousands of other restaurants, businesses, supporters, schools, chefs, celebrities and more to help put an end to childhood hunger.  There are only three steps to becoming involved:

  1. Register
  2. Browse through their resource center
  3. Get help from their team of experts

Share our Strength has done all the work.  All a restaurant has to do is sign up.

The Dine Out For No Kid Hungry Online Resource Center is a great tool for more information.  Jessie Sherrer can also be contacted with any questions at 202-478-6505.

Sign up by September 7 to help put an end to childhood hunger while increasing sales at the same time.  What are you waiting for?

Images from Dine Out For No Kid Hungry.  Visit their website, become a Fan on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter.

Foodservice Industry Week in Brief: August 17

Looking for some of the week’s top information? Check out these five stories from the foodservice industry from August 13-17.

President Obama Announces $170 Million in Federal Aid for Farmers

From Washington Post Politics, Read Full Story

In last week’s “Week in Brief,” we discussed the drought and how it is affecting America’s heartland, which will inevitably affect food prices worldwide.  Due to the harsh conditions, during President Obama’s stop in Iowa on Monday August 13, he announced the government would provide $170 million in aid to help farmers and ranchers.

In a Washington Post Politics article, they said “During the announcement, Obama repeated his call for Congress to pass a farm bill that includes short-term relief measures for the drought-stricken agricultural industry.”

Eggs… Dangerous?

From Huff Post Food, Read Full Story

The egg. “The incredible edible egg.” A breakfast staple that many restaurants now include in their menu all day long.  However according to a Western University researcher in London, eggs might not be as healthy as we think they are.

Huff Post Food reported the researcher “claims the cholesterol found in yolks is almost as dangerous as smoking.” Through studies, this researcher discovered consuming eggs speeds up plaque build up on arteries. But then again, there are others such as Nutrition Officer Karen Harvey which told Huff Post Food their “decades of clinical research demonstrating no link between egg consumption, and an increase of heart disease.”

Restaurant Industry May Slow for 2013

From NDP Group, Read Full Story

Over the last few years, in the midst of the the United States’ current economic situation, restaurants have been doing well.  However according to a recent NDP Group study, the restaurant industry may be losing its momentum.  Despite positive outcomes during the uniquely mild winter, the spring months only rose one percent, which was lower than expected.  With customers still struggling in the economic situation, which includes the high unemployment rate, NDP has adjusted growth over the next two years to only be one percent.

Diners at a Los Angeles Restaurant Get a 5 Percent Discount for Putting Down their Cell Phone

From EATER, Read Full Story

The cell phone is more than just a phone.  It’s practically a miniature computer that people are constantly on, perhaps maybe even addicted too.  Many restaurants have become aggravated with customers using cell phones while dining out.  It can be frustrating to wait staff trying to assist diners, or it’s a distraction to the other customers sitting around.  One restaurant owner, Mark Gold of Eva Restaurant, has come up with a solution.

In an EATER article, they reported Gold will give his customers a five percent discount if they give up their cell phone when they dine at the restaurant.  And even though it can be bothersome from the reasons stated above, Gold told southern California’s KPCC the new discount opportunity isn’t about bothering guests. He said, “It’s about two people sitting together and just connecting, without the distraction of a phone.”

Don’t Forget to Sign Your Restaurant Up for Dine Out for No Kid Hungry

Share Our Strength’s Dine Out for No Kid Hungry is just around the corner.  Has your restaurant signed up yet?  Dine Out for No Kid Hungry is an event for restaurants during the month of September to raise money to help end childhood hunger. The official week is from September 15-22; however Share Our Strength encourages restaurants to participate longer if they can.

In the past, the event has raised $2.4 million and has a goal this year to raise $5 million.  Signing up is easy and Share Our Strength makes sure restaurants have all the resources they need.  Check out our July blog for more information, and visit the Dine Out for No Kid Hungry and sign your restaurant up today.  Time is running out!

 

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.

Dine Out for No Kid Hungry Success!

Last week, September 18-24, was Share Our Strength’s annual event, Dine Out for No Kid Hungry™ (formally known as the Great American Dine Out).  This national campaign for No Kid Hungry allows restaurants and customers to join together to help combat childhood hunger in America, which Share Our Strength is committed to end.

This year’s event was extremely successful.  There were over 5500 restaurants in attendance (which is up over 100 restaurants from last year), many of which in some way extended their campaign anywhere from a week to even the entire month of September.

To raise money, each participating restaurant has a promotion for their customers.  Each customer that donates to the cause then takes advantage of the promotion—which ranges from free items to bounce-back coupons.

Last year Share Our Strength raised $1.5 million and this year’s goal was $2.5 million.  While official numbers won’t roll out until mid to late November, Share Our Strength Senior Manager, Jessie Sherrer, keeps getting updates and it looks like they may have even exceeded the goal (but nothing will be official until final numbers are released).

“We had great companies this year, especially with some of the bigger restaurants such as Joe’s Crab Shack, Corner Bakery, Monical’s Pizza, Denny’s, etc.,” Sherrer said. “And it was Pita Pit’s first year and they just blew out of the water.”

This was Central customer Monical’s Pizza’s second time participating in Dine Out for No Kid Hungry ™.  They opened in 1959 by the Monical family in Tolono, Ill., and today have at least 66 restaurants in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.

“Our 2011 event was made up of Monical’s Pizza donating $1 from every 16” thin crust one or more topping Family Pleaser® (pizza, salad and soft drink) sold in our participating locations,” said Lisa Chidichimo, Marketing Technology Coordinator for Monical’s. “In order to benefit the Share Our Strength funds, we also offered a 20 percent discount on this meal combination.”

While Monical’s mostly participates in local programs and assisting the communities they serve, Chidichimo said this national program fit into their values.

“Their program is taking on childhood hunger through what they call a state strategy; launching state-and city campaigns across the U.S. Each campaign is dedicated to its specific geographic area and works by building private-public partnerships with local anti-hunger groups, government agencies, corporate partners and key political, education and business leaders,” she explained. “These partnerships focus on increasing participation in federal nutrition programs, in turn, unleashes millions of federal dollars to connect kids who are at risk of hunger to the food they need to succeed.”

Chidichimo also added the impact of this year’s campaign was better than their last—and it’s always a learning process. The support and promotion materials provided by Share Our Strength was very helpful to them.

While the total amount of Monical’s donations is still being calculated, Chidichimo says it seems as though they will contribute upwards of $7000. (Again, all numbers for both the Dine Out and Monical’s are tentative).

All restaurant participation for the No Kid Hungry campaign truly assists the over 17 million children in America that struggle with hunger. Their website points out this is nearly one out of four children.  They also add these children have trouble learning, are sick more often and aren’t able to develop as quickly or as soundly as other children.

To learn more about No Kid Hungry, visit the Dine Out website or read their blog. They are on Facebook and Twitter too.  There are events throughout the year and you can also make a donation to the cause at any time.  So if you missed out on the event this year but would like to become more involved in the organization, there are many ways on their website for you to do so.

Central will continue to follow the progress of Dine Out for No Kid Hungry™ and will pass along the announcement of this year’s total number once the information becomes available.  Also, check out our July blog about the event to see how successful Share Our Strength was over what their original plans were!

If you were a participating restaurant or customer, we’d love to hear your experience with this year’s Dine Out for No Kid Hungry!