Restaurants Give Back

Restaurants are the original social network, bringing people together and helping their communities thrive by supporting local organizations and charitable efforts from coast to coast.

Restaurants are an important part of every community across America. As gathering places where people celebrate special moments or milestones, and meeting places to catch up with neighbors and friends, restaurants are the glue that holds communities together.

Restaurant operators and employees, who live and raise their families in these neighborhoods, give back to their communities through thousands of hours of volunteer service each year. Whether supporting a local youth athletic team, hosting food drives or donating to charity, more than 9 in 10 restaurants across the nation engage in some kind of charitable activity, together contributing $3 billion each year to charitable causes.

Restaurants Give Back: Video Showcase


The Annual Restaurant Neighbor Awards

To recognize outstanding community service and involvement by restaurants, the National Restaurant Association partners with American Express on the annual Restaurant Neighbor Awards. Each year, four national winners each receive $5,000 to continue their charitable work.

Learn more about the Restaurant Neighbor Awards.