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Time Out New York and Food Bank For New York City Kick Off 2nd Annual Time Out For Hunger with Chef Mario Batali

New York, NY (February 17, 2005) — New Yorkers will have the chance to raise money for hunger relief while dining at some of the city's top restaurants on Sunday, March 20 during the second annual Time Out For Hunger. The initiative was created in 2004 by Time Out New York and the Food Bank For New York City. Renowned chef Mario Batali (of Casa Mono, Babbo and Lupa fame) will serve as spokesman for this year's Time Out For Hunger campaign.

More than 75 select restaurants from TONY's Eating & Drinking Online have graciously agreed to donate 10 percent of their March 20 proceeds to the Food Bank. For every dollar donated, the Food Bank is able to provide five meals to help feed the hungry in NYC.

New for 2005, patrons who dine at one of the Time Out For Hunger restaurants on March 20 will receive a free three-month membership to TONY's Eating & Drinking Online, the magazine's cross-referenced and fully searchable guide to the best in NYC dining and drinking. A corresponding promotion on the site will offer diners the opportunity to win dinner for two at one of the participating restaurants or a one-year subscription to Eating & Drinking Online.

An estimated two million people are turning to emergency food assistance programs to avoid going hungry. More than half of them are children and the elderly. Food Bank For New York City, the nation's largest food bank and the city's largest supplier of food for the hungry, provides food for the more than 240,000 free meals served each day by 1,200 non-profit community food programs in the five boroughs. For a complete list of participating restaurants, please visit

Victoria Mondesire

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