Thankful Thursday: Dollar-A-Dish

School children living in poverty who face the threat of hunger daily will receive weekly backpacks of nutritious food thanks to the support of local restaurants, their patrons and the Dollar-A-Dish campaign.This year's successful fundraising effort saw 31 restaurants participate raising thousands of dollars for the Food Bank's Food 4 Kids Backpack Program, a school-based activity that provides a backpack of child-friendly, nutritious food to students who oftentimes go hungry over the weekend when school meals are unavailable.The Dollar-A-Dish campaign took place during the month of August, and saw restaurants donate $1 every time a designated signature dish was ordered. Additionally, restaurant patrons also made direct donations as part of this campaign. In total, the culinary-themed campaign raised $19,688, enough to provide weekly backpacks of food to nearly 100 school children living in poverty in communities throughout San Diego County for an entire year.The Food Bank sends a "Thankful Thursday" thank you to the 31 participating restaurants and Sysco for their support. Additionally, a big "THANK YOU" goes to Jan Borkum, of the San Diego Chapter of the California Restaurant Association, for all of her work in organizing and heading up this year's event. Your support and involvement make a positive impact on thousands of families right here in San Diego.Dollar-A-Dish Restaurant Participants Included:100 WinesAnalogBali Hai RestaurantBencottoBernini's BistroBlue Point Coastal CuisineBusalacchi's a Modo MioCafé CoyoteCafé JapengoCarnitas' Snack ShackCowboy Star Restaurant & Butcher ShopCucina Enoteca Del MarCucina UrbanaD Bar RestaurantIndigo GrillLeroy's Kitchen & LoungeMorelloOB WarehousePuestoThe Blind BurroThe Patio on GoldfinchThe Patio on LamontThe Red DoorThe Smoking GoatThe Swell CaféThe Wellington Steak & Martini LoungeTom Ham's LighthouseURBN Coal Fired Pizza - El CajonURBN Coal Fired Pizza - EncinitasURBN Coal Fired Pizza - North ParkVillage Pizzeria- Orange Ave