This Restaurant CHARGES The Rich EXTRA To Feed The Homeless.

Going hungry is never a good thing. And compassionate owners of many restaurants realize that. So now, several of those owners are doing something about it. And we can certainly applaud their efforts, and here are 10 restaurants that help the hungry, and truly make a difference in this world.

1. A restaurant in Madrid is uniquely… and quite appropriately… named. It’s called the Robin Hood restaurant. Angel Garcia Rodriguez came up with the idea for the restaurant, and that is to charge quite a bit more for diners to eat breakfast and lunch, so, in the evenings, the excess pay from earlier in the day would take care of meals for the homeless.

Says Angel: “I want them to eat with the same dignity as any other customer. And the same quality, with glasses made of crystal, not plastic, and in an atmosphere of friendship and conversation.”

Now, many of those eating earlier in the day include executives and celebrity chefs, so paying a little more for their meals is hardly a burden on them, especially when it goes to help the less fortunate.

2. The Bosu Body Bar in Manchester specializes in selling healthy food. When its owners noticed some homeless people sleeping outside near the business, they started boxing up some of the leftover food – instead of throwing it away – and placing it outside for them, with a message that said, “Eat me.”

It was very well received, and the owners of the business have asked other food businesses to do the same.

3. In Tokyo, Sekai Kobayashi has a different way of helping those who cannot afford their meals. She makes them work. For each meal served at her restaurant that cannot be paid for, Sekai asks the customer to work there for 50 minutes, which does not seem to be a problem for those customers.

Says Sekai: “I use this system because I want to connect with hungry people who otherwise couldn’t eat at restaurants because they don’t have money.”

4. In Karakocan, Turkey, one small restaurant always has meals for those who cannot pay. For 35 years, the Merkez has been one of the area’s busiest restaurants, and its visitors… so many who cannot pay… are considered its most valuable customers.

For the owner, Mehmet Ozturk, this is a proud tradition at the restaurant in helping to feed the hungry for free.

5. There is a restaurant in London called Shish, and it’s owned by a Muslim family. And on Christmas Day, it offers a three-course meal to the homeless and elderly completely free. And the owners sit and eat with them, saying that no one should eat alone.

Says one person: “What a lovely gesture; a restaurant that gives something back instead of merely seeing Xmas as a time to cash in.”

6. A restaurant owner in Oklahoma spotted someone going through her dumpster searching for food. The next day, she put a note on the dumpster.

It read: “To the person going through our trash for their next meal, you’re a human being and worth more than a meal from the dumpster. Please come in during business hours for a classic Pb&j, fresh veggies, and a cup of water at no charge. No questions asked. – your friend, the owner.”

7. Minu Pauline runs the Pappadavada restaurant in Kochi, India, and she often sees people digging through dumpsters looking for food. She wanted to do something about that.

So she had a refrigerator put outside her restaurant and would fill it with food at the end of the night that would otherwise be wasted.

Customers also put leftover food in it for the hungry. And Minu urged all those who were hungry to take from it.

8. Raji Rached has owned the Amir restaurant in Montreal for the past 5 years. And during that time, he has given out many free meals to the homeless, especially during the colder months.

Says Raji: “It doesn’t take much to do what we’re doing. It’s a small gesture that can help a lot. It makes a big difference for other people.”

9. In Milford, Connecticut, there’s a sign that hangs on the front door of the Flames Mediterranean and American Grill.

It reads: “If you don’t have money, come in and grab a sandwich free.”

The owner, Walied Hanaif, says it’s not a gimmick or a ploy to grab publicity. He just doesn’t want anyone to go hungry.

Says Walied: “It’s only food. It makes me feel good and letting someone grab a sandwich here and there is not going to make or break me.”

And because of it, some customers leave $10 or so as a pay it forward gesture for the next sandwich. And Walied is extremely uplifted by those moments.

10. George Dimopoulos, the owner of a Michigan restaurant called George’s Senate Coney Island, put up a sign of his own on his door for Thanksgiving.

It said: “George’s Thanksgiving Day Dinner. If anyone is home alone, come eat with us for free! All day.”

George’s reason for doing this is a personal one because he can recall those past Thanksgivings when he was all alone himself. And even though George says he loses a little when it comes to doing this, he doesn’t mind at all.

Says George: “I lose a little bit, but I feel good to help them. I hope the whole country gives back.”

And ya know what? We wish the whole country…. whatever country you’re in… would do that too.

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