Just in time for Flagstaff’s busy tourism season, 23 local restaurants have joined forces to fight hunger with the Flagstaff Family Food Center: Food Bank and Kitchen. The inaugural Fork It Over campaign launched May 13 and runs through July 9.

“Support like this from our neighborhood restaurants proves again that Flagstaff truly cares about its neighbors. These businesses make a difference for folks who need a little help, and a little hope.” said Lindsey Spear, food bank interim executive director.

Businesses are participating in a variety of ways. Most are asking diners to add one dollar to their bill that will go directly to the food bank. Grimaldi’s and Jitters are donating proceeds.

The participating restaurants are: 1899 Bar & Grill, Altitudes Bar & Grill, Beaver Street, Lumberyard, Brandy's, Buster's, Oakmont, The Mayor, Taverna, Field House, Collins Pub, Monsoons, Criollo Latin Kitchen, Brix, Diablo Burger, Jitters Lunchbox, La Fonda Mexican Restaurant, Toasted Owl, Salsa Brava, Fat Olives, Subway Café Butler, Pic-N-Run Kachina, and Grimaldi’s Coal Brick Oven Pizzeria.

The Flagstaff Family Food Center has provided hunger relief and children’s literacy programs for more than 25 years. With 23,000 hours of volunteer assistance, and 2.2 million pounds of rescued food (never purchased), the Food Center provides more than 230,000 meals a year to families, children, vets, the disabled, elders, working poor, and many who are without jobs or homes.

For more information on the Fork It Over campaign or the Flagstaff Family Food Center services, visit hotfood.org.

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