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Oxford Restaurant Week Encourages People to Eat Out to Help Out

Oxford is known for having some of the best food in the state, the South and probably the country, and eating that delicious food will also help give back to the community.
Oxford Restaurant Week presented by Sysco will kick off on Sunday, Jan. 25 through Saturday, Jan. 31. Each time you dine at a participating restaurant, you have the opportunity to vote on one of five local food-based charities: Good Food for Oxford Schools, More Than A Meal, Love Packs, Meals on Wheels, and the Oxford Food Pantry. Oxford Restaurant Week patrons will be able to vote online each time you eat at a participating restaurant.
941580_10151708235629365_222894691_nThe charity with the most votes at the end of the week will receive a $5,000 check. Participating restaurants will be offering specials and coupons as well as pre fixe menus throughout Oxford Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants will be offering anything from a dollar amount off of your purchase to a free dessert with a meal to 15% off your purchase. Many full service restaurants will be offering special pre fixe menus throughout the week that would normally not be offered. Coupons for participating restaurants can be found at Visit Oxford, the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce and all participating restaurants. Coupons will be available on Tuesday, Jan. 20 with a list of all coupons, specials and pre fixe menus.
“We are thrilled about the second Oxford Restaurant Week presented by Sysco and think January is a great time to bring visitors to Oxford as well as encouraging our local residents to get out and help out for a great cause,” said Mary Allyn Hedges, Director of Visit Oxford, who’s office coordinates the event.
Oxford Restaurant Week is a great way to not only support Oxford’s local restaurants but to also support and raise awareness of our local food-based charities in Oxford. Love Packs continues to provide food with discretion to children to last through the weekends and holidays. “We do this because there are so many children in our community who live in poverty and go home hungry” said Mary Leary, Oxford Love Packs President. The “Love Pack” consists of non-perishable and kid-friendly food items and Love Packs provides for over 150 children per week.
Good Food for Oxford Schools is an initiative of the Oxford School District and works to improve cafeteria menus. They also educate students and their families on nutrition-rich diets and other health issues.
The Oxford Food Pantry is a non-profit food bank that distributes food to people in the community in hope to fight hunger.
Meals on Wheels is a national organization that performs on the local level in Oxford. They provide over one million meals to senior citizens around the nation that do not have access to food each day.
More Than A Meal provides fellowship, friends and warm meals to people of the community every Tuesday in Oxford. More Than A Meal’s mission is to help needy women, children and men in Oxford to get back on their feet by providing nutritious meals served in a courteous manner, in a pleasant environment with educational tutoring for school age children and adults as well as providing essential toiletries for health.
For a complete list of participating restaurants and specials, coupons and pre fixe menus visit the website or call Visit Oxford at (662) 232-2477.

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