If you eat at any of more than 150 restaurants today, you can also help provide meals for people with HIV and other illnesses.

Dining Out for Life benefits Open Hand

Sponsored by Open Hand, Dining Out for Life is now in its 18th year. Patrons are asked to visit area restaurants for a meal; at least 20 percent of the proceeds go to Open Hand. More than 150 restaurants will participate in the 2010 edition. Click here for the full list.

Dining Out for Life
April 21
Various metro area restaurants

According to Matt Pieper, senior director of resource development at Open Hand, Dining Out for Life has evolved “from a handful of restaurants participating 18 years ago to restaurants all over Atlanta.” He says what distinguishes this fundraiser from others is that basically it’s a “non-event.”

“There is no price of admission, no tuxedos to rent,” says Pieper. “Our supporters are simply asked to enjoy lunch or dinner at their favorite participating restaurant, knowing that at least 20 percent of their tab will benefit [us].”

Open Hand, which has been serving Atlanta and surrounding areas for 22 years, has become the largest home delivery meal in the nation, preparing and delivering more than 5,000 meals across 17 Georgia counties. Originally called Project Open Hand, it was founded to provide meals for people with HIV, and later expanded to include others in need.