Three years ago, Rick Nakashima owner of five Ruby Tuesday restaurants in Hawaii, decided that the season of giving didn’t need to be limited to the holiday months. With inspiration from a friend who started an initiative to feed the hungry on Thanksgiving, Nakashima decided to host a similar event in the spring – exactly six months from Thanksgiving.
The event coined “Ruby Tuesday Giving Thanks” will be held on May 25th and will involve teams from each of Nakashima’s restaurants working together to prepare and deliver food to area organizations like IHS and River of Life, among others, that help the hungry and homeless.
“Homelessness is a growing problem in our state right now and I care about each of these individuals that we’re feeding,” Nakashima told KHON2 in Honolulu. “We need to figure out how to help them on a larger scale.”
This year, Nakashima hopes to break records from previous events and serve between 3,000 and 4,000 meals with the 750 pounds of turkey they’re preparing for the event. Since the event is hosted outside of the holiday season, Nakashima hopes the event will provide even more value for those in need.