The arrival of May means Whatcom County residents can support our volunteer-driven Maple Alley Inn program that’s been fighting hunger since 1987, just by celebrating local restaurants. 

During this monthlong event, anyone can participate by checking out the Dine Out for Maple Alley Inn website, or scrolling below, and choosing a restaurant from the list. Below the restaurant name, it will explain what you need to do so that money from your purchase goes to our hot meals program. You can also donate directly to the fundraiser. 

At Maple Alley Inn hot meals, volunteers prepare and serve family-style meals to a diverse community every Wednesday and Thursday. Guests including low-income families, people experiencing homelessness, veterans, isolated seniors, individuals in recovery, and others in many walks of life enjoy these healthy and sustainable meals in a friendly atmosphere. The meals are prepared from scratch by volunteers and incorporate organic vegetables from the Maple Alley Inn Community Garden. 

Dine Out is one of Whatcom County’s longest-running community fundraising events – the fundraiser, created in 2001, is in its 23rd year. It looks out for everyone by supporting local restaurants, strengthening the community, and helping to end local hunger. Participating restaurant promotions include dollar amounts donated from certain menu items, portions of the month’s sales, and percentages of sales from a certain day of the week or month. The diversity of businesses signed up makes sure anyone can find one of their favorites, and new ones that they’ll love. Dine Out is made possible through the support of Cascade Natural Gas and Cascade Radio Group.

The Maple Alley Inn program needs volunteers! Sign up to volunteer on its webpage. Find out more about the program by visiting the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County website. 

Learn more about Dine Out here. 

Two women smile together in a kitchen as they spread sauce onto bread buns

Maple Alley Inn volunteers Alice and Jan prepare a meal for a diverse group of guests.

Two women smile together in a kitchen as they spread sauce onto bread buns

Maple Alley Inn is Opportunity Council’s hot meals program that has served healthy, family-style meals since 1987.