DALLAS – Nov. 8, 2013 – The Dharod family, owners of 68 Texas Applebee’s, recently launched the Dharod Food Foundation, a non-profit whose mission is to ignite passion for food culture in Texas, to bring awareness and education about nutrition and food choices, and to help battle the fight against hunger in Texas. In partnership with Capital Area Food Bank, the foundation and Applebee’s volunteers hosted a Diwali feast on Nov. 3 to feed traditional American Thanksgiving dinners to close to 500 people in need at the Angel House Soup Kitchen in Austin.
Similar kick-off festivities occurred in Dallas and Houston, providing food for over 2,000 people in need across Texas. The Dharod Food Foundation donated over $10,000 combined to Capital Area Food Bank, North Texas Food Bank and Houston Food Bank.
The Capital Area Food Bank of Texas (CAFB) provides food and grocery products to more than 300 partner agencies in 21 Central Texas counties. In the last twelve months, the Food Bank distributed more than 29 million pounds of food. The Food Bank serves over 48,000 each week with food distribution, nutrition education and social service outreach. The mission of the Capital Area Food Bank is to nourish hungry people and lead the community in ending hunger.
Photo Credit: Jenni Jones
1) Jackie Rogers, Capital Area Food Bank Director of Community Relations, Frank Deutsch, Angel House Soup Kitchen Director, and Roger Heckroth, Area Director of Applebee’s partnered to feed close to 500 homeless in Austin as part of the kick-off festivities of the Dharod Food Foundation.
2) Applebee’s employees donated their time to feed the homeless at Angel House Soup Kitchen to help launch the Dharod Food Foundation. In photo (left to right): Tim Green, Rosa Leon, Roger Heckroth, Tiffany Gardner, Teresa Leon
3) Applebee’s employees served close to 500 people in need a Thanksgiving-style meal on Nov. 3 to celebrate Diwali and kick-off the Dharod Food Foundation. In photo (left to right): Tim Green, Jackie Rogers, Roger Heckroth, Alfredo Rivera
4) Applebee’s employees Teresa and Rosa Leon volunteered to serve food to over 500 homeless at the Angel House Soup Kitchen. The Dharod Food Foundation donated the Thanksgiving-style meals in partnership with Capital Area Food Bank.