MORE THAN 100 DC AREA RESTAURANTS TO DONATE SIGNIFICANT PROCEEDS TO HELP THOSE WITH HIV/AIDS AND OTHER LIFE-CHALLENGING ILLNESS DURING ANNUAL DINING OUT FOR LIFE®

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March 18, 2013 – Washington, DC –On Thursday, April 25th, diners across the Washington metro region will join hundreds of thousands of others from across North America to stand up against HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses by sitting down at restaurants participating in this year’s Dining Out for Life® fundraiser (www.foodandfriends.org/dol). Food & Friends is holding the event in conjunction with the national movement, joining more than 3,000 restaurants in 60 cities to raise millions of dollars for local AIDS service organizations.

Now in its 17th year in Washington, DC, Food & Friends enlists the benevolence of area eateries – from Hyattsville to Shirlington, from Dupont Circle to Georgetown – in support of more than 2,900 people in the community who benefit from the organization’s nutrition services.More than 100 area restaurants have pledged to contribute 25% to 110% of that day’s proceeds to directly benefit Food & Friends’ programs and clients in the National Capital Region.

“Diners can easily make a huge impact on the lives of so many in need in our community simply by going out to dinner on April 25th,” says Food & Friends’ Executive Director Craig Shniderman. “Funds raised by big events during the year like Dining Out for Life® make it possible for us to serve thousands of meals each day to those living with the challenges of HIV/AIDS, cancer and other debilitating illnesses.”

Founded in 1988, Food & Friends is the only organization providing specialized meals, nutrition counseling and friendship to people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illness within a 5,346 square mile service area. The nonprofit’s staff of professional chefs and registered dietitians designs meals that meet the special dietary needs of persons living with a broad range of illnesses. Since its inception, Food & Friends has provided more than 15.8 million meals to more 22,600 individuals, and has helped family members, friends, and loved ones provide care and support. Food & Friends fulfills its mission through a partnership with 14,500 volunteers and a dedicated staff of 52. Their confidential services are free of charge to individuals and families living throughout Washington, DC, and 14 counties of Maryland and Virginia.

Last year, more than 25,000 diners, restaurants and volunteers participated in Dining Out for Life®, raising more than $300,000. In 2013, Food & Friends is thrilled to have more than 100 restaurants on board, including those that are donating their entire evening’s proceeds to Food & Friends –Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant (110%), Annie’s Paramount Steak House (100%) and Ristorante Tosca (100%). Visit www.foodandfriends.org/dol for a complete listing of participating restaurants.

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