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Dine Out For Kids is BACK for 2021!

Charlotte, NC – After having to cancel the event last year, Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg (CIS-Charlotte) announced today that its signature community event, Dine Out For Kids®, is back on track for this year and will be held Tuesday, June 22. This year marks the 22nd year of the event, if it had not been cancelled in 2020.

“We are thrilled that we can safely hold Dine Out For Kids® again this year, and restaurants are eager to participate,” said May Johnston, PR/Marketing Director with CIS-Charlotte. “This event is a popular CIS tradition that provides everyone in the community a fun, easy way to support kids in public schools and our local restaurants.”

The concept is simple and remains as it has been in years past: dine out – or order takeout – at one of the participating restaurants on June 22 and the restaurants will donate a percentage of sales that day to CIS. More than 30 restaurants/locations (some have multiple locations) are slated to participate, with more being added. (see list further below)

“It’s easy to participate, with no reservations needed or tickets to buy,” said Johnston. “Just keep June 22 on your radar and encourage friends and family to eat out at one of the restaurants. Or order take-out – that counts, too.”

Johnston added that CIS is aware that throughout the pandemic, many people ordered take-out and supported their favorite restaurants as they could.

“We hope the community will make a special effort to target this particular date, however, to dine out or get take-out from one of the restaurants on our list,” said Johnston. “Tuesdays are traditionally a slower night for restaurants and they appreciate any uptick in business. Together we can have a big collective impact if we focus on this date to support an event that benefits CIS-Charlotte, public education and our local restaurants.”

Johnston said it’s been a difficult year for students, parents, teachers, and CIS-Charlotte staff that support students and families with basic needs, academic support, mentoring, and other resources. “To say it has been ‘difficult’ is an understatement,” said Johnston. “As everyone knows, the situation was truly unprecedented and presented many challenges on many fronts.”

“We are incredibly proud and grateful to our team who put their students first and made every effort to ensure they – and their families – had what they needed, whether it was food, financial concerns, mental health support, technology and accessing their school work, or just being a listening ear and reprieve from social isolation,” said Johnston.

Many of the participating restaurants in Dine Out For Kids® are longtime partners in the event, including Alexander Michael’s, Brixx Pizza, Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, Johnny Burrito, Mama Ricotta’s and Mert’s Heart & Soul. CIS-Charlotte has also reached out to other small and minority-owned local restaurants to add a variety of new restaurants to the line-up this year as well.

“We know it’s been a tough year for the restaurant industry, too,” said Johnston, “so we are being flexible with their donation and ask they contribute only what is comfortable for them. We’re excited to have Lang Van join us this year, and Cake Affect, a specialty bakery, with more in the works.”

Johnston said CIS is especially excited to have Black Business Owners of Charlotte (BBOC) sign on as a new corporate sponsor. BBOC hosts the popular Black Food Truck Friday events in Charlotte.

“BBOC is planning to switch it up to ‘Black Food Truck Tuesday’ on June 22 in honor of Dine Out For Kids®,” said Johnston. “The participating food trucks and the location are not confirmed yet, but we will be updating that information on our website soon, so stay tuned!”

Communities In Schools is grateful for generous support from Bank of America, the title sponsor for Dine Out For Kids®, and additional sponsors Black Business Owners of Charlotte, Duke Energy-Piedmont Natural Gas, HMS Host, and Truliant Federal Credit Union.

Visit www.cischarlotte.org for more details and the updated list of participating restaurants.

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About Communities In Schools
Communities In Schools (CIS) is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to empowering students to stay   in school and on a path to a brighter future. An affiliate of the national CIS network, CIS of Charlotte-Mecklenburg operates in 50+ Title I Charlotte-Mecklenburg public schools, partnering with individual volunteers, businesses, faith and community groups to connect students to caring adults and community resources designed to help them succeed. Communities In Schools does whatever it takes to ensure that every student – regardless of race, zip code, or socioeconomic background – has what they need to realize their potential in school and beyond. www.cischarlotte.org

List of Participating Restaurants 2021 (as of June 3, 2021)
(Visit www.cischarlotte.org for an updated list of participating restaurants as we add more)