Neighbors can support Red Cross reconstruction efforts after the tornado on Wednesday

  • The Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross is hosting its “Dine for Disaster” campaign on Wednesday, May 29, 2024.
  • They have partnered with various cafes and restaurants across the city, with proceeds going to support disaster relief efforts following the Tallahassee tornadoes.
  • Watch the video to find out where you can support this initiative, how your daily coffee money helps and why these funds are so important


There is another way to help the Red Cross with the Tallahassee tornado recovery efforts.

This is done by eating at certain places on Wednesday.

We find out where the proceeds go and what they are needed for.

The proceeds from the purchase of your daily coffee, snack or lunch will go a long way on Wednesday.

You can do this by dining at these places that participate in Dine for Disaster

“When you ask for something and there's a need, people are really there to help,” says Shannon C. Smith, who, along with her husband Christopher, owns GroundOps Roastery and Bakehouse.

Smith said it was a no-brainer for her to get involved in the initiative.

“You hear about how many people are still homeless,” Smith said. “I mean, they don't have a home and they may not have a place to live for a long time.”

The Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross knows all about this.

“It was one of the most devastating events we have seen in at least 20 years, maybe much longer,” said Sharon Carraway, executive director of the Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross. She added that thousands are still affected and the Red Cross is currently in the process of rebuilding and assisting neighbors at risk.

“Help them find their path to recovery. What does that look like, where are their gaps, how can we help fill those gaps,” Carraway said.

Carraway explains that proceeds from Wednesday's initiative will be used for various costs, including providing volunteers, food and “the cost of what we will give back to the people who are receiving individual assistance, those whose homes have been severely damaged or destroyed.”

With hurricane season just days away, discussions about preparation at the community center are important, Carraway said.

She recommends that her neighbors check local news and download the Red Cross's free emergency app.

“It will tell you what to do before a disaster, during a disaster and after a disaster. It will give you all the preparedness information you need,” Carraway said.

In the meantime, she hopes that neighbors will get involved on Wednesday if possible.

“It’s a win-win for the restaurants, a win-win for us and a win-win for our community,” Carraway said.

Outside of the Dine for Disaster initiative, you can support the Red Cross by volunteering to help the mission continue or by donating through the website.

Carraway also said they will be running a week-long Dine for Disaster initiative to include more restaurants and cafes starting June 10, 2024. You can contact the Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross if you would like to be part of this mission.

Restaurants participating in Dine for Diaster on Wednesday, May 29th:

  • Jeri's love on a plate
  • Madison Social
  • Charlie Park
  • Smitty's Taphouse & Grill
  • Red Elephant Pizza & Grill
  • GroundOps Roastery & Bakery
  • Hayward House Bistro
  • Chuck's Fish House
  • Table 23

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