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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Eating and giving, simultaneously, almost sounds too good to be true. But with the implementation of a new program in Little Rock, it is possible.
"It's as simple as it gets. There's no extra cost to the customer at all. They come in for a meal, we donate a meal," says Don Dugan, owner of Dugan's Pub, one of several Little Rock restaurants participating in the program.
Dugan's is part of a meal-for-meal donation project called Eatiply. When a patron dining at a participating restaurant purchases an entrée, a meal is in-turn provided to someone in Arkansas in need.
"We like to give back. We like to help out," Dugan says. "We want other people to do the same, and this gives everybody an opportunity to do that."
The idea not only has restaurant owners excited, but patrons eager as well. One customer says, "I think it's fantastic!"
Eatiply partner, Robby Lawrence, explained how it works.
"We actually are part of a massive food charitable distributor called Kids Against Hunger." This organization then packages the meals and sends them to local food shelves.
"There's so much waste from restaurants so it's just really great to know that they're doing something as well to help a community that needs to be fed," said Dugan's customer, Craig Maravich. "I'll definitely come back here and get another meal knowing that my money is going towards an important cause."
A complete list of participating restaurants can be found here.