Sarasota, September 3, 2014 – All Faiths Food Bank is a proud beneficiary of Columbia Restaurants’ support during the 17th Annual Columbia Restaurant Community Harvest program. Through this program, the Columbia donates 5% of all guests’ lunch and dinner checks to All Faiths Food Bank when selected on the restaurants’ charity ballot.
“September is National Hunger Action Month and the program helps raise awareness of hunger issues right here in Sarasota,” said Food Bank spokesperson Laura Coyle. “We are thrilled to be included in the program and it’s so appropriate that enjoying a meal helps feed our neighbors in need.”
“We started this program in 1998 as a way to help many of the worthy non-profit groups that are so important to our communities,” said 4th generation family member and president Richard Gonzmart. “We thought the best way to do this was by letting our customers get involved in selecting the organizations. The process is simple. They just put a check mark next to one of the charitable organizations listed on a form we provide. They turn it in to their server. We do the rest, and donate 5% to the charity.”
Over the past 16 years, the Columbia Restaurant Community Harvest has donated more than $1.5 million to non-profit organizations throughout Florida. The Columbia is located at 411 St Armands Circle and is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. For more information call 941-388-3987 or go online: www.ColumbiaRestaurant.com.
About All Faiths Food Bank
All Faiths Food Bank, recently awarded a 4-star rating by Charity Navigator, is a member of Feeding America and the hub of the hunger relief system in DeSoto and Sarasota Counties. Last year, All Faiths Food Bank distributed 7 million pounds of food equating to 5.8 million meals through 195 pantries, soup kitchens, churches, community centers and programs. Its mission is to feed those in need and educate the community about hunger and nutrition. For more information call 941-379-6333 or visit www.allfaithsfoodbank.org.
About Columbia Restaurant
The original Columbia Restaurant was founded in Tampa’s Historic Ybor City in 1905 by Cuban immigrant Casimiro Hernandez, Sr., and is now Florida’s oldest restaurant. Additional Columbia locations include St. Armands Circle in Sarasota, the Historic District in St. Augustine, Sand Key on Clearwater Beach, Central Florida’s town of Celebration, the Columbia Cafe on the Riverwalk in Tampa and the Columbia Restaurant Cafe at Tampa International Airport. All Columbia locations are owned and operated by 4th and 5th generation members of the founding family except for Columbia Restaurant Cafe at Tampa International Airport, which is operated in partnership with HMSHost. Please see www.ColumbiaRestaurant.com for more information.