By Grace Austin

On Thursday, April 25, you can help those affected with HIV/AIDS by eating. Yes, eating. Simply eat at a participating restaurant, and local restaurants will donate money to those affected by HIV/AIDS in your area.

Dining Out for Life, hosted by Subaru and Open Table, began in Philadelphia in 1991 and has since grown into an international event in more than sixty cities—raising an average of $4 million annually.

Each restaurant donates a percentage of the day’s food sales, which goes to local organizations to fund care, prevention, education, testing, counseling, and other essential HIV/AIDs services.

Some 3,000 restaurants donate a generous percentage of proceeds from the day to help in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Most restaurants are donating a quarter to one-third of all breakfast, lunch, and dinner proceeds. Some are donating up to 75 percent.

Many local restaurants are participating, as well as some national chains like T.G.I. Friday’s.
“One of the main reasons that Subaru of America continues to proudly serve as host sponsor of Dining Out for Life is to support the great work done by all the regional organizations to help people affected by HIV/AIDS,” says Dean Evans, Subaru of America’s senior VP and chief marketing officer.

Cities participating include Albany, Asheville, Baton Rouge, Bay Shore (Long Island), Birmingham, Charleston, Charlotte, Charlottesville, Chattanooga, Chicago, Cincinnati, Clearwater (Tampa Bay), Columbia, Denver-Boulder, El Paso, Ferndale (Detroit), Fort Collins, Colo., Fort Lauderdale, Hawthorne (Hudson Valley), Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kalamazoo, Kamloops, Kansas City, Lake Charles, Lexington, Memphis, Minneapolis, New Brunswick, New Haven, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Palm Springs, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Portsmouth, Providence, Reno, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, St. Louis, Tacoma, Tulsa, Washington, D.C., and Vancouver Island.