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Tom Douglas needs your help

Most Seattleites know the name Tom Douglas.

Even if you don’t know him personally, you’ve almost certainly eaten at one of his more than 20 restaurants, sampled from his menu on an Alaska Airlines flight, or used one of his signatures spices in your kitchen.

But here’s something you might not know about Tom Douglas.

He’s a really nice person.

No, really! He’s watching out for those who would otherwise go hungry - for more than 30 years, Tom has supported Food Lifeline.

Food Lifeline feeds 700,000 people every year by rescuing surplus food that would otherwise go to waste. This is food from farmers, manufacturers, grocery stores and restaurants. Last year Food Lifeline rescued 40 million pounds of food and turned it into 32 million meals for the 275 food banks, shelters and meal programs it supplies.

Tom has volunteered for Food Lifeline, served on its board of directors, held fundraisers, donated food from his restaurants, and even been a major donor. Linda Nageotte, President and CEO of Food Lifeline says while she appreciates the name Tom Douglas brings to the organization, there’s a bigger picture involved. She says, “Every single person can do something to feed hungry people. And it takes every single one of us. Hunger is a community problem. It takes the community to solve that problem.”

And you can be a part of that community in a couple of different ways.

First, go out to eat at a Tom Douglas restaurant. Tom is asking his customers to join Food Lifeline by making a donation when they have dinner at one of his restaurants. He calls it, “The Year of Giving.”

You can also check out “The Inside Dish,” a new blog created by Food Lifeline that will feature Tom’s kitchen tricks, recipes, and food philosophy for anyone interested in eating better and healthier. Tom will be joined by notable chefs from all over town, including Chef John Howie, “The Chef in the Hat”, Thierry Rautureau, and Chef Jason Wilson.

To learn more about the blog and enter for a chance to win tickets to see Anthony Bourdain’s Hunger Tour at the Paramount Theatre on November 13th, visit www.foodlifeline.org

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