Dining Out For Life® is an annual fundraising event involving the generous participation of volunteers, corporate sponsors and restaurants. The concept is simple: Restaurants donate a generous percent of their sales to a local HIV service organization, and the local HIV service organization fills participating restaurants with diners. In 2018, more than 50 local HIV service organizations partner with 3,000 participating restaurants, 3,000 volunteers, and 300,000+ diners to raise an astonishing $4.1 million for people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States and Canada. All funds raised through a city’s Dining Out For Life event stay in that city to provide help and hope to people living with or impacted by HIV/AIDS.
Dining Out For Life Minnesota is facilitated by The Aliveness Project and includes restaurants in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Greater Minnesota. In 2018, 148 restaurants and 40,000 diners participated to raise a total of $243,186. Minnesota will celebrate its 25th year of dining out to end HIV on Thursday, April 25. Our goal is to raise $260,000 to support people living with HIV in Minnesota.
The Aliveness Project is a Minnesota nonprofit organization and community center that facilitates community building, offers nutrition and wellness services, and links members to resources to lead healthy, self-directed lives. We provide on-site meals, food shelf, integrative therapies, nutrition counseling, case management and vital other services for individuals living with HIV throughout Minnesota. Over 1,900 people access services at Aliveness annually.