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Area Restaurants, Nonprofits to Serve Up Hunger Relief
 Area Restaurants, Nonprofits to Serve Up Hunger Relief

--Annual Thanksgiving in February Fundraising Event Raises Public Awareness & Critical Funds to Combat Growing Need in Montgomery County--


(Rockville, MD) -- In an effort to raise public awareness and critical funds to combat the growing issue of hunger in one of America’s wealthiest counties, Interfaith Works, along with 10 partner nonprofits and more than 70 restaurants, will be holding its Annual Thanksgiving in February fundraiser. On Tuesday, February 22nd, participating restaurants will be donating a percentage of their sales that will be distributed to these nonprofits that help provide emergency food to needy Montgomery County residents. That means, all anyone has to do to help is dine out  at a participating restaurant on Feb. 22nd.

Although hunger and poverty can often be invisible in affluent community like Montgomery County, many of our neighbors are in need, and that need is growing due to the economic downturn. For instance, more than 40,000 children in Montgomery County public schools qualify for free and reduced-price meals - that is nearly one in three. Last year alone, more than 150,000 residents turned to local food banks for emergency food assistance. The “self-sufficiency” standard in Montgomery County for an average family of four is now up to $73,000, about four times higher than the federal poverty level.

Proceeds from the event are distributed by Interfaith Works to 11 local agencies and food banks that help feed the thousands of people in Montgomery County who are at-risk for hunger. Beneficiaries are Bethesda Cares, Bethesda HELP, Damascus HELP, Gaithersburg HELP, Germantown HELP, Community Vision, Manna Food Center, Olney HELP, Rockville HELP, Shepherd's Table and WUMCO HELP.