Dine United on November 16 in GI

By: News Release Email
By: News Release Email


Local restaurants are teaming up with the Heartland United Way and Continuum of Care Agencies to participate in the third annual DINE UNITED. Participating restaurants will donate a portion of their sales on November 16th to agencies providing shelter for homeless individuals and families in Hall, Hamilton, Howard and Merrick Counties. These shelters include: Crisis Center, Salvation Army and Hope Harbor.

"Dine United is an opportunity for people to eat out to provide for people's night in at one of our local homeless shelters," said Karen Rathke, Heartland United Way president. "All you have to do is invite your friends and families out for supper, pick a restaurant on the list and enjoy a nice meal knowing you are providing a warm meal and a safe place for people to stay."

Participating restaurants include: Pizza Hut, Runza, Farmer's Daughter Café, USA Steak Buffet, Afternooners, Sonic, Uncle Ed's Steakhouse, Arby's, Wendy's, Big Apple Bagel, Burger King, Qdoba, Subway, Taco John's, Jim's Gyros & Greek Food, Schroeder's Smoked Foods, Nathan Detroit's, Carlos O'Kelly's, Cookie Crumbs & Kernels, The Library Restaurant, Tommy's and Big Island Diner.

According to the 2010 Point In Time survey, on any given day in the Grand Island area there are 58 homeless individuals in emergency shelter, 61 homeless individuals living in transitional shelter, 31 homeless families in emergency shelter and 51 families living in transitional shelter. The Point in Time survey also found that on any given day there are 61 homeless individuals that remain unsheltered in the area.

"We are grateful for the support of local restaurants to help feed and shelter people who are homeless," Rathke said. "These participating restaurants have made it easy to help people in need."

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