Appetite to help: Dine out for HIV/AIDS care


Subaru is again hosting the annual “Dining Out For Life,” a restaurant-based call to action for HIV/AIDS care, prevention, education, testing, counseling and other essential services at a number of cities.

To lend a forkful, diners can stop at any of 3,000 participating restaurants in more than 60 cities across North America on or around Thursday, April 26, 2018. That restaurant will donate a portion of the day’s proceeds to benefit those affected by HIV/AIDS.

San Diego’s dining-out day will be Tuesday, April 27, with more than 75 restaurants in the county participating. Most eateries will donate 25-75 percent (or a flat fee) from the day’s proceeds. (

Volunteer celeb spokespeople include Ted Allen (host of Food Network’s “Chopped”), actor Pam Grier (“Foxy Brown,” “Jackie Brown”), HIV-positive designer Mondo Guerra (winner of Lifetime’s “Project Runway All-Stars”) and chef Daisy Martinez from Food Network’s “Viva Daisy!”

“The wonderful thing about Dining Out for Life is you can do it three times a day, a different restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner,” Mondo Guerra said in a statement. “You can sit down and have a meal with someone interesting, someone you love, maybe someone you haven’t seen in a while. And, it’s an opportunity to have a conversation. The fight against this disease begins with real, honest conversation.”

An average of $4 million is raised annually. In the last 10 years, Dining Out For Life has raised roughly $38 million for the program.

Subaru of America has been a host sponsor of Dining Out For Life for more than a decade and has just extended its long-term commitment to the cause.