SPOKANE, Wash. - Inlander Restaurant Week raised a record number of 54,359 meals for Second Harvest food bank this year. Participating restaurants, diners, and sponsors Sysco and Dairy Farmers of Washington collaborated to donate the meals.
Since 2015, Inlander Restaurant Week has partnered with Second Harvest to raise awareness about food insecurity in our region and to help meet the needs in the Spokane community.
Social media helped out in the total amount of meals raised. Diners were asked to post a Rave Review of their meals and tag it with #IRWRaveReviews. For every review posted, Sysco donated five meals to Second Harvest. This year there were more than 1,000 posts, which is a record. Those posts help raise more than 5,400 meals.
More than 11,500 other meals were raised by 107 restaurants that participated in a kick-off event, where Sysco made a donation on behalf of all attending restaurants and also matched the restaurant's food orders with donations.
The other more than 23,000 meals were raised by First Bite for Second Harvest. First Bite, presented by Dairy Farmers of Washington, gave the public the first taste of Restaurant week.
For the first time this year, 17 restaurants opted to allow diners to make direct donations to Second Harvest on their bills. Second Harvest received 14,000 meals as a result of that campaign.
17,000 of the donated meals were delivered by Sysco to Second Harvest on March 8th.
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