Sandy Fundraisers: NJ Restaurants & Others Step Up to the Plate

As promised (threatened?) here is my second post of the day – the post I thought I had sent out into the world on Monday. We all are searching for ways to help those still suffering and in need, so here are some generous and ingenious efforts our state’s food community, businesses, and non-profits have developed to help raise funds over the next few days and weeks.

SALT CREEK GRILLEoffering free gift cards to anyone who makes a donation to the American Red Cross while at the restaurant. Diners simply text REDCROSS to 90999 in any amount, show their server, and they’ll get a gift card to match the donation up to $50 – good at any Salt Creek Grille restaurant. The promotion will be running at all Salt Creek Grille restaurants for the next month, including its 3 California locations, the Princeton location, and the Rumson, NJ location, which was directly impacted by the storm – making this a mission very near and dear to the Salt Creek family’s hearts.

PRINCETON HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF DRIVE: On Tuesday, November 20, from 9 am to midnight, a percentage of sales at almost 50 businesses will be donated to relief agencies, among them the American Red Cross and the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund that has been established by First Lady Mary Pat Christie and Governor Christie. Restaurants, markets, retailers, banks, and service companies have all signed on, and the percentage donated will be determined by each merchant.

NOMAD PIZZA: On Tuesday, November 13, 50% of every pizza sold will go to the Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, at both the Hopewell & Philadelphia locations.

NJMONTHLY.COM: Click for a list of Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts & Resources throughout the state.

GROUNDS FOR SCULPTURE: One dollar of every paid adult admission will go to the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund from now through Sunday, November 25.

TABLE TO TABLE: Calling for post-Sandy food donations for those in need from Northeast NJ food businesses. Table to Table, Northeast New Jersey’s first and only non-profit food rescue  program, and  Gail Schoenberg Public Relations (GSPR), the New Jersey based food and beverage public relations firm, are urgently calling for food donations from restaurants and professional food establishments in Bergen, Passaic, Hudson, and Essex counties after Hurricane Sandy. Prepared food, as well as perishable foods including fresh or frozen meat, dairy and produce  – anything that is healthy and good to eat – from  local restaurants, supermarkets and food businesses is urgently needed to supply those in need in these counties. In addition, delivery of food prepared specifically to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy can be coordinated seamlessly through Table to Table. Operating five refrigerated vehicles, Table to Table’s dedicated drivers are on the road and ready to pick  up  excess  food that is  not  being  sold, but still of good quality, from  food establishments in the four Northern New Jersey  counties. Businesses that want to contribute can call 201-444-5500 or 201-887-7839 to schedule an immediate pick-up. The fresh food delivery is provided free of charge to nearly 70 non-profit agencies throughout the Northern New Jersey area, including homeless shelters, elder care facilities, drug rehab centers, homes for victims of domestic violence, HIV day centers, and pantries serving the working poor.

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