PORTLAND, OR – March 10, 2020 – Elephants Delicatessen received a national Restaurant Neighbor award for their commitment to community service in the restaurant industry.
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) honored Elephants Delicatessen during a special VIP dinner in Washington, D.C., where they shared their story of giving back to their Portland, Oregon community with industry icons and the broader restaurant and food service industry.
“We’re proud of the incredible stories we can tell each year through our Restaurant Industry Awards – stories of those 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, 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 has named Lift UP as the recipient of their $10,000 award. Lift UP provides in-building food resources to low-income building residents in Northwest and Downtown Portland. Last year, Lift UP provided 254,606 meals to residents.
“Restaurants have the unique ability to help the communities we are part of,” said Elephants Delicatessen’s CEO/co-owner Anne Weaver. “We have the opportunity to showcase our values through our business. Restaurants can lead in a significant way.”