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15th Annual "Dining Out For Life" December 1

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15th Annual Dining Out For Life, December 1

Thursday, December 1 marks the fifteenth year Food For Thought hosts Sonoma County’s annual Dining Out For Life event, which is also World AIDS Day. 87 area restaurants and cafes will participate, donating 25% or 50% of the day’s sales to Food For Thought, which provides life-giving nutritional services to over 800 men, women, and children living with HIV and other serious illnesses in Sonoma County. 

Dining Out For Life is a unique event where people can enjoy lunch or dinner at their favorite restaurants knowing that they are also benefitting their friends and neighbors in need. “It’s our biggest fundraiser of the year. The proceeds from Dining Out for Life ensure that we’re able to keep providing fresh groceries, a congregate lunch program, produce from our organic garden, vitamins and supplements, and nutrition education to our clients, who receive these services for free and for as long as they need them,” said Ron Karp, executive director of Food For Thought. 

HIV remains a significant challenge in Sonoma County, as more people are affected by the epidemic than ever before. Dining Out For Life is an international event held in over 65 cities in the U.S. and Canada, raising $4 million annually for HIV/AIDS-related services. Food For Thought hopes to raise over $165,000 to support its work from this event. 

More restaurants and more types of restaurants than ever before are participating in Dining Out For Life. Diners can enjoy a fast-casual dining experience or a farm-to-table meal utilizing the best ingredients Sonoma County has to offer. The complete restaurant list is available at FFTfoodbank.org.

Participating establishments are located in Bodega Bay, Cotati, Forestville, Graton, Guerneville, Healdsburg, Occidental, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Sonoma, Valley Ford, and Windsor.

Photo by McBoat Photography