Dine Out for Hunger Combats Local Poverty

For the sixth consecutive year, Cedarville University’s social work department is sponsoring a weeklong Dine Out for Hunger event Nov. 18-22.

In addition to providing the opportunity to support local business, a percentage of sales from Dine Out for Hunger will be donated to a nonprofit organization that serves the hungry. Helping the restaurants cover costs, Cedarville social work students will volunteer at the local eateries during the week.

The nonprofit organization being supported this year is Dayton Life Enrichment Center. According to Hillary Hook, Dine Out for Hunger committee director and senior social work major, the Dayton Life Enrichment Center embodies a number of different ways to help the community. “We chose this organization because it has a multifaceted outreach with a strong emphasis on health and relieving hunger,” she said. The organization’s program has a significant impact on local hunger in Dayton, serving an average of 500 meals per week.

To help raise poverty awareness, Dine Out for Hunger occurs in conjunction with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.  “This is an opportunity to educate the community about what is going on in their backyard,” said Julie Furj-Kuhn, assistant professor of social work.

Cedarville’s local eateries facilitating Dine Out for Hunger help make it a success. Hook said that the businesses are enthusiastic about the upcoming event and have an amazing spirit of generosity. According to Taylor Minor, owner of Stoney Creek Roasters, “This event gives businesses a feasible opportunity to be part of the solution to poverty.”

Restaurants participating in Dine Out for Hunger include Beans -N- Cream, Subway, Colonial Pizza, Stoney Creek Roasters, The Neapolitan, Mom & Dad’s Dairy Bar, Main Street Station and Corner Bakery.

The event is a win-win situation for all parties involved including community members, local businesses and the nonprofit organization. Members of the community, including the Cedarville University family, eat out, which brings in business at the local eateries. These local businesses make a profit and donate a percentage of it to the nonprofit organization. The nonprofit then uses the donation to continue to serve the homeless and hungry.

According to Jane Montgomery, senior social work major and Dine Out for Hunger committee member, “This event is a simple, fun way to give back to the community.”

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,400 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Inspiring greatness for over 125 years, Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at www.cedarville.edu.

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