Dine Smart was founded in 2003. So far the initiative has raised $5.1 million to reduce homelessness. Taking part is simple: dine at one of the restaurants below between November 21 and December 31. When your bill comes, you can add an extra $1 per person to the total, which will be donated to hyper local support programs. In some cases, your money will travel just a few doors down the street, maybe to a drop-in centre or maybe a women’s refuge.
In 2017 in Melbourne, Dine Smart donations funded more than 30 projects, including HOMIE in Brunswick, which provides training and pathways to employment for homeless young people, and Fare Share in Abbotsford, a community kitchen preparing healthy meals for people experiencing homelessness and food insecurity.