April 7th, 2009 5:33 pm | by Adrienne So News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP

Eating Can Change the World: Dine for Mercy Corps Today!

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Oh, the recession. We clip coupons and pinch pennies, and going out to eat feels as sinful and self-indulgent as taking a bath in cologne and Bling water. Well, feel guilty no longer—or at least, just for today. Today, 25-percent of your bar or restaurant tab at select restaurants will go towards Mercy Corps, an organization whose mission is to "alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities."

You can check out participating restaurants in Oregon and Washington here. Participating restaurants in the Portland metro area include such luminaries as Zilla Sake (1806 NE Alberta St), Deschutes Brewery (210 NW 11th Ave., 296-4906) and Belmont Station (4500 SE Stark St) and they range from restaurants to bakeries to brew pubs, so that everyone can participate...er, eat.

Half of the funds raised will stay local and go to Mercy Corps Northwest, who will use the cash to buy entrepreneurial class materials for the women at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility and towards seed starts for urban refugee farmers. The other half of the proceeds will go towards Mercy Corps' international initiatives. Last year, Mercy Corps' "Dine for Darfur" raised about $65,000. This year, they're hoping to raise even more.

So, what are you waiting for? Open that wallet and let the beer flow freely! But not too freely. In this economy, even charitable donations can induce buyer's remorse...or is that a hangover? Let's figure that out tomorrow.
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