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Dine Out For Kids® on Tuesday, June 18!

This year Communities In Schools is celebrating 25 YEARS of Dine Out For Kids®!  Please join us on Tuesday, June 18 for this fun community-wide event where we partner with some of Charlotte’s best restaurants to benefit CIS and thousands of students in Charlotte’s high-need Title I schools.

It’s easy to participate!  Just make plans to dine out on June 18 at one (or more!) of the participating restaurants listed below, and the restaurant will donate a portion of their sales that day to CIS. (Take-out counts, too!)  Whether dining in or taking out, you’ll be  supporting the 6,000+ students we serve in CMS schools and local restaurants.

The “Why”

The need in our public schools today is significant.  Did you know that now, more than half of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (102 of 184) are identified as Title I? This means that the majority of students in the school live near or below the poverty line. Chronic absenteeism (defined as missing 10% or 18+ days of the school year) is much higher than pre-pandemic levels. In 2022-23, across all CMS students, 26% were chronically absent.  Among economically disadvantaged students, the chronic absenteeism rate was even higher, at 34%. These are the students that CIS serves in 56 CMS schools (44 of which are Title I.)

Research shows that students living in poverty face more barriers, which negatively affect their attendance and academic performance. But we know that when given the appropriate support, resources, and opportunities, students can and will succeed in school and in life.

Your support of Dine Out For Kids® helps us maintain our current services in 56 schools and expand to serve additional schools. As a bonus, you’ll be supporting local restaurants, too… and all you have to do is go out to eat!

So please join us on June 18 to provide students with the resources and support they need to be successful in school and beyond. Together, we can make a difference in our community!

Many Thanks to these Participating Restaurants

Below are the participating restaurants as of May 15 – check back here on our website as we continue to add more!

Ace No. 3 – Belmont Village, Myers Park
Alexander Michael’s

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar – Ballantyne, Birkdale Village, Dilworth 
Brixx Wood Fired Pizza – Birkdale, Blakeney, Dilworth, Foxcroft
Calle Sol Latin Café & Cevicheria
Chapter 6
The Charlotte Knights June 18 Home Game
Cousins Maine Lobster Food Truck – @ Lucky Dog Bark & Brew-Steele Creek 5-8pm
Dahlia’s

Dilworth Neighborhood Grille
Dressler’s Restaurant
Eddie’s Place

Famous Toastery of University
Fin & Fino – Birkdale, Uptown
Harper’s Restaurant – SouthPark
HMSHost – Charlotte Douglas International Airport: 1897 Marketplace, Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar, Beaudevin, Midwood Smokehouse, Original Rum Bar & Grill, Phillips Seafood, Sycamore Brewing, Tequileria, Whisky River
Joan’s Bakery & Deli
Johnny Burrito
Kona Ice of Cabarrus County
Lee’s Hoagie House – Ballantyne 
Little Mama’s
 – Rea Farms, SouthPark
Mama Ricotta’s
Mert’s Heart & Soul
Midwood Smokehouse – Ballantyne, Birkdale Village, Park Road Shopping Center, Plaza Midwood
Mimosa Grill
Nothing But NoodlesSteele Creek Crossing, Stonecrest
Paco’s Tacos and Tequila

Queen City Poppin – Food Truck
SB&J Enterprises – Charlotte Douglas International Airport:  Rhino Market & Deli, The Taproom, Wendy’s
Sonny’s BBQ
 – Concord
Super Chix – Fort Mill, Stonecrest
Taco Molino
The Porter’s House
Three Amigos Mexican Kitchen & Cantina – Plaza Midwood
YAFO Kitchen
 – Dilworth, Plaza Midwood, SouthPark

Many Thanks to our Event Sponsors

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