If you eat out on Tuesday, a portion of the proceeds from your meal may be donated to support hunger-relief programs.
111 restaurants have pledged to participate in RSVVP Day and to give 10 percent of their total gross receipts to the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service to support their FoodFirst progams — the community kitchen and the food pantry.
RSVVP stands for Restaurants Sharing 10 Percent, and uses Roman numeral Vs to add to 10. All of the restaurants participating sign a pledge saying they will give 10 percent back to the IFC.
“Well, it was kind of a convoluted beginning,” said Irene Briggaman, long-time volunteer in the Chapel Hill community who helped start RSVVP Day in 1989.
She said RSVVP Day came from the fact that waiters in Baltimore would set aside some of their tips to help feed customers that came into the restaurants who were unable to pay. If the restaurant owners could also set aside some of their profits, the money would be able to impact more people who needed the assistance.