‘Taste of Malone’ fundraiser returning to local eateries

Hosler’s Family Restaurant, 607 E. Main St., is set to be involved in this year’s “Taste of Malone” dinner fundraiser on Oct. 21. Blaine LaVoie/Malone Telegram

MALONE — Eight local restaurants in Malone will be participating in this year’s “Taste of Malone” dinner fundraiser.

Citizen Advocates will be bringing the fundraiser back, but with a new angle. The main fundraiser for Citizen Advocates’ Backpack Program has been redesigned to include greater participation while considering the ongoing need for health and safety precautions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The main goal of the program is to eradicate childhood hunger in the north country. The Backpack Program provides children in kindergarten through sixth grade with food on the weekend throughout the school year.

Volunteers fill bags with food each Tuesday, which are then delivered to participating schools where staff members discreetly distribute the bags to participating children.

The Backpack Program costs roughly $70,000 annually and provides roughly 450 local school-aged children with healthy meal choices on the weekends, according to Joseph Riccio, director of communications and government affairs at Citizen Advocates.

On the evening of Oct. 21, local restaurants Donovan’s Steak & Ale, Hearth of Malone, Hosler’s Family Restaurant, King’s Wok Buffet, Malone Golf Club, Mo’s Pub & Grill and The Pine’s and Riverside Restaurant will be donating 20% of revenue generated from both dine-in and take-out orders to the Backpack Program.

All funds Citizen Advocates receives will go directly to the Backpack Program.

“Given the challenges our local restaurants endured during the past 18 months, we are deeply humbled by their extreme generosity and commitment to support the Backpack Program,” said James Button, chief executive officer of Citizen Advocates. “Together, with the help of many other local businesses and individuals, we are improving the health of our community through the elimination of childhood hunger.”

Additional program sponsors include local individuals and businesses. Some of this year’s major sponsors are The Joy in Childhood Foundation, Adirondack for Kids, NBT Bank, TruNorthern Federal Credit Union, Sid G. Spear Insurance and United Way of the Adirondack Region.

Citizen Advocates also encourages individuals who wish to sponsor a child for a year to make a $200 donation to the Adopt-A-Kid campaign.

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