Press Release: Devour Hunger for Waste Not


Margaree Bigler                                                 
Devour Phoenix Coordinator                           
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Dee Mitten
Waste Not Executive Director 
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Devour Phoenix and Waste Not team up for Hunger Awareness Drive
“Devour Hunger for Waste Not”
July 17th-31st

Devour Restaurants set goal of using local food producers to raise enough money to feed 100,000 people

Phoenix, AZ (May 21st, 2012) – Local chefs and restaurant owners are collaborating in a community effort to raise awareness about the hunger crisis happening right here in our own backyard. Right now, 1 in 4 children in Maricopa County go to bed hungry every night. Several restaurants in the Devour Restaurant coalition are teaming up for a two week hunger awareness drive to raise funds for Waste Not, an organization that collects 6,000 pounds of food per day and re-distributes that food to the hungry. For every dollar raised, Waste Not can feed six people. The Devour coalition hopes to raise enough funds to feed 100,000 people with a little help from the public in this important endeavor.

The details are simple and tasty: dine out for Waste Not! Twelve Devour restaurants will feature dishes for a two week period, July 17th - 31st. Proceeds from the featured dishes go directly to Waste Not’s food rescue mission. Each dish will feature local food producers such as The Meat Shop, Queen Creek Olive Mill, McClendon’s Select, SeaCat Gardens, Strictly from Scratch and more! Feeding 100,000 people has never been so easy (and so delicious!)

WHERE TO DINE July 17th-31st:

Beckett’s TableBliss/ReBar
CiboFEZGallo Blanco
Humble PieSt. Francis
SwitchThe ParlorTuck Shop
Astor HouseUrban Beans


Waste Not is a non-profit organization that collects more than 2 million pounds of excess perishable food annually from restaurants, resorts, caterers and various food purveyors and delivers it to a diverse network of recipient agency partners including schools, after school programs, senior programs, transition homes, day care centers and assisted living facilities.


Devour Phoenix is a city-wide, non-profit coalition of select, independent restaurants operating under the Local First Arizona umbrella. Devour Phoenix is working to maintain a forum for sharing ideas, purchasing power, and marketing dollars to advance dining in the Phoenix area; create an image for Phoenix that is a respected destination for dining and culinary exploration; share resources to strengthen and grow restaurants in Phoenix; manage and host events such as culinary festivals and restaurant crawls that will strengthen business and build awareness for all Phoenix restaurants and identify and encourage the use of local agriculture and local artisans as a means for increasing sustainability in the region.