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Dine Out, Do Good fundraiser triples total to support local hunger programs
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Action Ministries of Gainesville, which provides housing assistance, educational opportunities and hunger relief to low-income individuals and families, raised more than triple the amount in funds this year compared with last year during its “Dine Out, Do Good” event last month.

More than $6,000 was raised from local restaurants that donated 10 percent of their gross sales on Nov. 10 to the nonprofit to support its food assistance program.

The event specifically supports basic food needs in the local community, such as Smart Lunch Smart Kid, which supplied more than 8,000 summer lunches to students this year. The fundraiser will also support a new prescriptive food box for homeless individuals with medically fragile conditions, according to regional director Tina Grubbs.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of the restaurants in Hall County who participated,” Grubbs said.

The following Gainesville restaurants were participating sponsors: 2 Dog, Avocado’s, Chick-fil-A on Dawsonville Highway, Collegiate Grill, the Coffee Shop at Lawrence Pharmacy, Loco’s Grill and Pub, Downtown Drafts, Midland Station, Shane’s Rib Shack and Skogies on Lake Lanier.

Biba’s Italian and Mocha Moe’s in Flowery Branch also joined in the cause, while Homestar Financial Corporation and Georgia’s Own Credit Union, Crossroads Bar and Grille, Sweet Magnolia and Watkins Total Healthcare made generous contributions, Grubbs said.

But none of this would have been possible without the patrons.

“A huge thanks to our community for dining out,” Grubbs said. “You all have played a huge role in our efforts to end childhood hunger.”

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