4 Ways Give Back During Your Lunch, Workout and Happy Hour

We’re all for supporting causes we believe in, whether that means a day spent volunteering or a monthly ten-dollar auto-donation. But wouldn’t it be great if you could help out while doing things you already do (like, you know, going to restaurants)? Here, four ways to do just that.

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Foodie Card

That second cocktail seemed like a great idea…until the check arrived. But a new start-up wants to help you out: For a $30 annual fee (that’s $2.50 a month, people), you’ll get a membership card that gets you 10 percent off your bill at participating restaurants. Best of all, every card purchased means a full day’s worth of meals is donated to someone in need, through partners City Harvest and Island Harvest.


Cardio and baked goods go hand in hand (or so we tell ourselves). So we’re pretty stoked that SoulCycle teamed up with Milk Bar—power couple much?—to create the SoulFuel cookie, a treat packed with superfoods like quinoa and turmeric. Bonus: A portion of SoulFuel sales goes to SoulCycle's nonprofit arm, which brings health and fitness programs to underserved youth.

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On first glance, this might just seem like a stylish all-day café with healthy, photogenic eats. And yes, it’s definitely that, but it’s also a major advocate for the community: West~Bourne partners with a local nonprofit focused on youth empowerment, not only by donating a percentage of sales but by helping to build a hospitality job-training program (and eventually hiring its trainees).

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Eataly Guest Chef Series

Another way to dine out for a cause? Head to Eataly restaurant Manzo, where each month you’ll find a special dish on the menu, prepped by a notable NYC chef, made with ingredients from a local producer and donating a percentage of proceeds to a charity of the chef’s choice. On tap for February? Daniel Boulud’s squid-ink bucatini, which will support Citymeals on Wheels.

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Carolyn Kuang-chen Stanley


From 2016-2019 Carolyn Kuang-chen Stanley held the role of Editor covering food, travel and all things nyc.
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