SPOKANE, Wash.-- The sixth annual Inlander Restaurant Week raised a record number of 54,359 meals for Second Harvest.
Restaurant Week was held between February 22 and March 3.
The donations were provided from participating restaurants, diners and sponsors: Sysco and Dairy Farmers of Washington.
According to a release from the Inlander, one in eight people in the Inland Northwest do not know where their next meal is coming from. Inlander Restaurant Week has partnered with Second Harvest since 2015 to raise awareness about food insecurity and to meet the needs of the Spokane community.
At a kick-off event for the 107 participating restaurants, Sysco made a donation on behalf of all participating restaurants resulting in 11,502 meals to Second Harvest.
Sysco also participated in a social media campaign using the hashtag, #IRWRaveReviews. For every review posted, they donated five meals to Second Harvest. This year's record number of posts, resulted in raising more than 5,400 meals.
"Our passion for food and supporting the restaurant community in the Inland Northwest is what drives us,” says Sysco Spokane president, Cindy Thomson. “We understand that real human connections take place around the dinner table and we are tremendously thankful for the gift that our restaurant partners provide in sharing their art with the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene communities over the ten days of Inlander Restaurant Week."
Dairy Farmers of Washington participated in the second-annual, First Bite for Second Harvest. The event provided the public with the first taste of Restaurant Week that resulted in donations of more than 23,000 meals for Second Harvest.
In a new event this year, 17 restaurants donated directly to Second Harvest. The new campaign resulted in 14,000 meals being donated.
“Second Harvest is very grateful to be the charitable beneficiary of Inlander Restaurant Week. It’s a natural partnership since Restaurant Week is all about food and enjoying great meals, and Second Harvest is all about providing healthy food to people in need," said Julie Humphreys, Second Harvest Community Relations Manager. "We applaud the Inlander for continuing to come up with creative ways to allow everyone to be part of the hunger solution. Everyone Eats was a great addition this year and we thank the restaurants that offered this option to diners in this inaugural year."
Inlander Restaurant Week began in 2013 as a way to showcase Spokane's culinary scene. Over the six years, Restaurant Week has doubled in participants.