Houston Restaurant Weeks commits $1.9 million to food bank

Published 10:58 am, Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Houston Restaurant Weeks founder Cleverley Stone announced Tuesday that the month-long dine-around event benefiting the Houston Food Bank raised a record $1,900,174. The donation will provide for more than 5.7 million meals for Houston-area families.

The donation topped last year’s commitment by more than $300,000. Houston Restaurant Weeks is the food bank's largest annual fundraiser.

The announcement was made at the food bank in the company of participating chefs, restaurateurs and HRW sponsors.

Houston Restaurant Weeks was held Aug. 1-Sept. 7. More than 200 restaurants offered special two-, three- or four-course prix fixe menus. A portion of each meal’s cost was designated for the food bank. The restaurants committed $3 to $7 from meals priced at $20 to $45.

“What started as an idea in 2003 to raise money for the Houston Food Bank, has happily become a citywide marriage of food and fundraising. It’s a win-win-win,” Houston Restaurant Weeks founder Cleverley Stone said in a release.

The 10 largest donations, in order, were pledged by Masraff'sDel Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak HouseBrennan’sB&B Butcher’sPeli Peli-Galleria, Americas-River Oaks, Eddie V’s-Kirby, Eddie V’s-CityCentre, The Capital Grille-CityCentre andUp.

In a release, Houston Food Bank president and CEO Brian Greene called Stone “selfless.”

“It’s an amazing endeavor by an extraordinary individual who understands that food is essential to the health and wellbeing of all children, seniors and adults in our community. We are grateful for Cleverley’s compassion and longstanding commitment to hunger relief.”

Founded in 2003, Houston Restaurant Weeks is an entirely volunteer operation with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the food bank. To date, the event has raised more than $7.6 million to fight hunger.