Union Square Cafe (Image: Union Square Hospitality Group)

When we eat, it is generally because we are hungry. Hunger is the cause of our eating. But during September, you can eat for a nobler cause. You can eat to feed less fortunate city dwellers who, too often, are forced to without food.

This year, as for the past 35 years, Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group will donate $2 to City Harvest from every order of popular menu items at its restaurants and cars. Among the dishes that will trigger this act of charity are Gramercy Tavern’s GT Burger, Maialino’s tonnarelli a cacio e pepe, Untitled’s fried chicken thighs, and Manhatta’s croque madame.

The food will give you a warm feeling, though you should derive an even warmer feeling from the knowledge you are helping put food on the tables of people who know the real meaning of hunger.

As Meyer himself puts it:

For those of us who find our passion in nourishing and nurturing guests in our restaurants, there’s a strong impulse to feed people in our community who don’t have enough. I am grateful to City Harvest and our guests for coming together to maximize support for our fellow New Yorkers during Hunger Action Month.”

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