During the month of April, Habitat Niagara partnered with local restaurants and community organizations throughout the region to help increase awareness and funds for affordable housing. This year’s Home for Dinner initiative was presented by Meridian and raised over $13,000 for Habitat Niagara’s home building program.
Supporting small businesses and effecting meaningful change in the community is something that Meridian prides itself in and it was natural for them to support Home for Dinner for the third year in a row.
“Not only does the Home for Dinner campaign directly lead to much needed additional funding for Affordable Housing within Niagara, but it also encourages the public to support local small businesses who have graciously volunteered to be a part of this initiative,” said Greg Bartman, Commercial Relationship Manager at Meridian.
While the first two years of Home for Dinner focused on takeout orders because of the pandemic, this year, restaurant partners were encouraged to have fun with their menus and give back in a way they were comfortable with. Some establishments had a feature item and donated $1-$2 from every item sold, while others simply donated $1-2 from the overall bill back to Habitat Niagara.
Similar to Meridian, many restaurant partners have supported Habitat Niagara and the Home for Dinner initiative since its inception in 2021, including St. Catharines restaurant Jamrock Irie Jerk.
“We have been participating in Home for Dinner for the last three years, and Habitat is absolutely a good way to help build stronger communities,” said owner of Jamrock Irie Jerk, Michelle Berryman. “Jamrock has always given back to the community, we are involved in a number of social events around the city and we always like to give back and support.”
“This is a win-win-win initiative, where folks can support local, support families in need of affordable housing and support Habitat Niagara,” said Emily O’Connor, Manager of Resource Development for Habitat Niagara. Home for Dinner has garnered over $200,000 in revenue for local restaurants and close to $65,000 for Habitat Niagara over the past three years.
Thank you to our restaurant partners: Jamrock Irie Jerk, Cracker Jack’s, Scorecard Harry’s, Half-Baked Bagel, Eh Jose Taqueria, Smokin Buddha, Go Buddha, M.T. Bellie’s, Queen Bean, The Upper Deck Taphouse & Grill and Rozie’s Café.
Thank you to our community partners: Meridian Credit Union, Dine Niagara, CAA Niagara, Vaultra Storage, Bella Terra Vineyards, When In Niagara, Country 89, Giant FM, and the Chimp Agency.