Originally Published at The Daily Tar Heel by MARISA BAKKER
On RSVVP Day, Chapel Hill diners will count more than calories when they eat at a select number of participating restaurants.
RSVVP, or Restaurants Sharing V & V Percent — the 'V's are Roman numerals — is a fundraising event where participating Chapel Hill and Carrboro restaurants donate 10 percent of that day's profits to the FoodFirst hunger-relief programs run by the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service.
This year, the event is being held on Nov. 11.
Four local restaurants received awards Tuesday for their continued participation in the program: Jersey Mike's Subs on Elliot Road and Weaver Street Market at Southern Village, each for 10 years of participation in RSVVP; Open Eye Cafe, for 15 years of participation; and Squid's, for 20 years of participation.
RSVVP started in 1989 with waiters and waitresses who set aside tip money to feed the underserved in their area. At one time, the program was picked up by the Food Bank of North Carolina in Raleigh, who approached Irene Briggaman, founder of the RSVVP program, to organize the annual event, which is now in its 26th year.
Jersey Mike's franchise co-owner Charlie Farris was presented with an award after participating in RSVVP for 10 years. "Food is our life. It's what we do. Helping people get food is really important to us, especially those who can't afford it," said Farris.Photo by Katia Martinez