I love charity and I love to eat, so when food and philanthropy mix I get very excited! Lucky for me (and everyone else who participates) Austin Restaurant Week has begun. From now through April 4th, participants can choose from a host of restaurants in downtown, central, or north Austin with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Meals on Wheels and More. Menus and prices are fixed depending on whether you’re visiting for brunch, lunch, or dinner and reservations should be made through the Austin Restaurant Week website to ensure appropriate tracking, but this is well worth the effort. Visit Austin Restaurant Week 2012 for more information.
Perhaps one of the more exciting aspects about Austin Restaurant Week teaming up with Meals on Wheels and More is that the organization is celebrating 40 years of service in the Austin area this year. Since inception, Meals on Wheels and More has expanded from 8 volunteers to more than 7,000 and they reach more than 5,000 Austinites in need. In 2011 alone, Meals on Wheels and More has served just under 1,000,000 meals, and the charity now covers pet visits for the elderly, grocery programs, meal programs, and many other community initiatives.