It’s Baaack! Restaurant.com Launches ‘Feed It Forward’ 2010 and Lets Consumers Give $40 Million in 40 Days for Free
Award-winning Holiday Giving Initiative Lifts Spirits and Enables People Nationwide to Give Gift Certificates at No Cost
November 22, 2010
Arlington Heights, Ill., Nov. 22, 2010—The holiday season is a looming reminder of the toll the economic downturn has taken on the population. In an effort to continue to free consumers from the financial stress of holiday gifting, Restaurant.com today announced the return of “Feed It Forward,” the holiday giving initiative that celebrates the gift of giving and enables participants to give away free, $10 Restaurant.com Gift Certificates. Now until December 31st, individuals are able to give up to $16,000 in Restaurant.com Gift Certificates, from a total pool of $40 million, to family, friends and anyone on their holiday wish list located anywhere in the country—for free.
“We cannot forget that about the many people who are still trying to get back on their feet after one the greatest financial crises of recent time,” said Cary Chessick, president and CEO of Restaurant.com. “Feed It Forward allows anyone, from those who carry large financial burdens to those who have simply taken the recession as a spending reality check, to experience and embrace the gift of giving.”
In its third year, the Feed It Forward initiative is built upon a single giving website, www.Restaurant.com/FeedItForward, stocked with a total of four million, $10 Restaurant.com gift certificates totaling $40 million. The site will be live through midnight PST on Dec. 31 and allows individuals to go online to give gift certificates on a first come, first serve basis. Gift givers choose whom to give to and gift recipients then decide where to dine among more than 9,500 participating Restaurant.com restaurants nationwide.
To send free $10 Restaurant.com Gift Certificates, gift givers visit the giving site and simply log into Facebook and/or, Gmail or Yahoo email account to select the people they wish to give to—as many as 40 people each day for the length of the initiative. Particpants can also opt to type in email addresses manually. Gift certificates are then sent to the selected recipients via email along with a personal note from the giver. Recipients simply redeem the gift certificate through the Feed It Forward site, which directs individuals to a location search where they can find participating restaurants in their area. Once a specific restaurant gift certificate is selected, the recipient can print it immediately for use, bring it into the restaurant, and apply it towards the meal.
In an effort to rally individuals around the celebration of giving and offer giving inspiration, the Feed It Forward site also features messages and stories from current participants as to why they chose to give. As people participate in the initiative, a U.S. map displayed on the site will depict the areas of the country where the giving is happening and keeping track of the amount given in real time. In addition, Feed It Forward 2010 has been enhanced to make the celebration of giving even easier and more exciting to participate in. New features include:
“It’s time to celebrate one another, celebrate the good things in life and celebrate the gift of giving,” said Chessick. “It is absolutely free to give and free to recieve through Feed It Forward, so for a third year, Restaurant.com and I proudly ask that you give to families, give to friends, give to neighbors, give to grandparents, give to co-workers, but most of all, give.”
Individuals nationwide have equal opportunity to give the free gift certificates away while the quantity lasts. Individuals can visit www.Restaurant.com/FeedItForward to participate and learn more about the “Feed It Forward” initiative. Also, visit http://press.restaurant.com for a fact sheet, Q&A images and more.