Food for thought
Some of Edinburgh’s eateries are doing their bit for charity this month. Anna Millar discovers why
There is surely never a better reason to indulge than when it’s for charity, a mindset many Scottish restaurants will be hoping for this month. For the whole of October, a selection of eateries in Edinburgh will join hundreds of restaurants, gastropubs, cafés and bars across the UK and invite their customers to fight hunger simply by eating out as part of a Restaurants Against Hunger scheme. Capital connoisseurs include Iglu Café, La Garrigue, Rafael’s, Valvona & Crolla VinCafe and Vintners Rooms. Each eaterie decides what their individual contribution will be, whether it be donating part of their takings from selected dishes, adding a small optional donation to the bill or hosting a special event.
Last year’s Restaurants Against Hunger raised over £300,000 in the UK, with all funds going directly to support the vital work of humanitarian charity, Action Against Hunger and this year – the scheme’s tenth anniversary – hopes are high for contributions to be bigger than ever, under the banner ‘Fight hunger. Eat out’.
Restaurants Against Hunger was launched in 1998 by Action Against Hunger to raise vital funds for the worldwide fight against hunger by inviting food lovers all over the UK to help fight poverty, and to coincide with World Food Day on 16 October.
As if more incentive were needed, a child dies of hunger every five seconds. Just £24 can make a huge difference, providing full treatment for a severely malnourished child and even £1 can help a farmer produce enough rice for his family for four days.
For a full list of over 500 restaurants, cafés and gastropubs participating in the campaign this October, see www.restaurantsagainsthunger.org.