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Dining Out for Life lands on World AIDS Day

By Melissa Dowling

On Thursday, Dec. 1, Food For Thought will host Dining Out for Life, which takes place across Sonoma County. This year, over 75 local restaurants, coffee shops, breweries, and wineries will participate, donating from 25 to 100 percent of the day’s sales to benefit Food For Thought, a nonprofit organization that provides healing food and nutrition services to over 6,000 Sonoma County residents living with HIV and other serious medical conditions.

Della Santina’s in Sonoma is one of the participating restaurants, and will donate 25% of sales for the day to the cause. For a full list of participating restaurants, visit FFTfoodbank. org/DOFL.

“Dining Out for Life is our biggest and most delicious fundraiser of the year,” said Ron Karp, executive director of Food For Thought. “The 21st anniversary of the event falls on World AIDS Day. With HIV transmission on the rise in our county, this overlap holds even more significance.”

This year, Karp said, “We are partnering with wineries as well as breweries, coffee shops, and restaurants. We are very grateful for all our new and past supporting businesses and event sponsors. The proceeds from Dining Out for Life ensure that we can continue to provide life-sustaining services to people living with serious medical conditions who are also at risk of malnutrition.”

For more information about Food For Thought, visit