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Taste of Tuscaloosa: Tuscaloosa Restaurant Week is Underway Featured

Jean Rykaczewski is the West Alabama Food Bank director. She says the need is great, particularly at this time of the year. Restaurant Week is June 6-12 in Tuscaloosa. Jean Rykaczewski is the West Alabama Food Bank director. She says the need is great, particularly at this time of the year. Restaurant Week is June 6-12 in Tuscaloosa. Jean Rykaczewski

Great food and philanthropy are some of the core values that make the city of Tuscaloosa what it is, and one of the biggest contributors to helping those in need in the area is the West Alabama Food Bank. Each week, the WAFB, through its main location in Tuscaloosa and through its partner agencies, impacts over 1000 people in the nine-county area it serves.  

According to West Alabama Food Bank Director, Jean Rykaczewski, WAFB has the highest hunger need among all the food banks across the state. Rykaczewski says that Tuscaloosa Restaurant Week was born out of a desire to raise awareness about the Food Bank and its high demands. 

“We wanted to make others aware that eating isn’t something that should be taken for granted. Many in West Alabama are food insecure, meaning they can’t guarantee where their next meal is coming from.”  

During the week of Monday, June 6 through Sunday, June 12, Tuscaloosa Restaurant Week will spotlight the diverse and dynamic restaurants throughout the area during a traditionally slow time for the city once college students leave for the summer.  

It’s a chance to enjoy a Taste of Tuscaloosa and give back to those in need. It’s a win-win for everyone. 

Diners who venture to participating restaurants during Restaurant Week will benefit from special discounts, while knowing that their business benefits the West Alabama Food Bank in their mission to take a bite out of hunger.  

Restaurants such as Maki Fresh, Miss Dots, and Hokkaido are on board, while additional eateries continue to be added as June approaches. Businesses that take part in Tuscaloosa Restaurant Week can look forward to an increase in business and promotion through various traditional and social media platforms while contributing to the mission of the Food Bank.  

“I’m looking forward to supporting the restaurants that agree to partner with us this first year, and I’m hopeful that this is something that will grow each year and become a tradition for the West Alabama Food Bank,” Rykaczewski said. 

For more information on Tuscaloosa Restaurant Week, including how to sign up to participate, call (205) 333-5353, or visit westalabamafoodbank.org.

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Sheena Gregg

Registered Dietitian/Assistant Director, Health Education and Nutrition Services at The University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sheena-gregg-83612a9b

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