Chapel Hill News

Dine out for hunger relief on Tuesday

The Inter-Faith Council for Social Service invites all community members to participate in RSVVP, a fundraising event which raises money to support the IFC’s hunger relief efforts.

Always held on the second Tuesday in November, RSVVP will take place this year on Tuesday, Nov. 11.

This year, 112 participating local restaurants will donate 10 percent of the tab of each meal purchased that day to the IFC’s Community Kitchen and Food Pantry.

“We hope that everyone in our community will eat at least one, if not all, of their meals in a participating restaurant on November 11,” says John Dorward, the IFC’s executive director. “This is such an easy way for folks to support our efforts to help the increasing number of people who are struggling with food insecurity.”

Much of the success of this fundraiser is a result of the dedication of the local community, particularly the restaurants and businesses which have partnered with IFC since the event’s inception. RSVVP is celebrating its 26th anniversary this year. Last year, RSVVP Day raised over $20,000 for IFC hunger-relief programs.

Irene Briggaman, community volunteer and founder of RSVVP, expressed her appreciation of the long-term support for RSVVP. “I am so grateful for all of the years that these restaurants and sponsors have helped us with the annual RSVVP Day,” said Briggaman. “I know that together we are making a difference in the lives of those who are hungry.”

This year's Presenting Sponsors for RSVVP are 97.9 WCHL / 1360 WCHL, The Daily Tar Heel, and The Chapel Hill News and the Event Sponsors are A Better Image Printing, Edward Jones – Steve Richards, Pat & John Dorward, IFC Board of Directors, Medical Mutual Insurance Company, Inc., PHE, Inc., Shared Visions Foundation, and The Poster Guys.

“The IFC knows the importance of community partnerships in all that we do,” said Dorward. “These partnerships have been instrumental in the success of this event which is an important fund raiser as well as a reminder that hunger is a significant issue right here in Chapel Hill and Carrboro.”

Local residents are encouraged to take out or eat out breakfast, lunch and dinner at local restaurants that are participating in RSVVP, which stands for Restaurants Sharing V/5 & V/5 Percent. For a list of participating restaurants, go to IFC’s website at