Elephants Delicatessen earns National Restaurant Award for Community Service
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) honored Elephants Delicatessen during a special VIP dinner in Washington, D.C., on March 4, where they shared their story of giving back to the community and being a good neighbor to the planet.
"We're proud of the incredible stories we can tell each year through our Restaurant Industry Awards — stories which reflect the inclusiveness and generosity of the hospitality industry," said Rob Gifford, president of the NRAEF. "The Foundation is thrilled and honored to recognize the people and the businesses that demonstrate why the restaurant industry is full of limitless opportunity."
The NRAEF's Restaurant Neighbor Award (RNA), developed in partnership with American Express, highlights outstanding local and national charitable service and philanthropy. RNA winners receive a $10,000 contribution in their name to support the charitable organization or program of their choice.
Elephants Delicatessen is an eight-unit restaurant chain dedicated to sustainability, managing food waste and supporting local nonprofits with daily donations and volunteering. The company donates approximately 95% of its leftover fresh food items. Elephants Deli became a Certified B Corporation in 2015, a designation for businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability.
"The involvement and dedication restaurants like Elephants have shown in support of local philanthropy is commendable and exemplifies the spirit of our industry and our state," said Jason Brandt, President & CEO of Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association.
Elephants, along with five other Oregon winners will be formally recognized among their peers during the ORLA Hospitality Conference in Ashland, Sept. 28-29.
For more information on Oregon's restaurant awards, visit: www.oregonrla.org/restaurant-awards.html
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