When is the last time your family has gone out to eat together in Port Chester?
If it’s been a while, the Port Chester Cares Community Coalition is inviting friends and neighbors to come out this week for another one of its First Fridays initiatives.
It’s an effort to encourage families to eat meals together more frequently. The campaign has enlisted Port Chester eateries that will extend a 15 percent discount to families who present their "It Takes a Village" key card on Friday, Sept. 7.
“If you are like me, summer can be hectic between shuttling our children between camps, play dates, work, movies, sports, volunteering and so on which makes it extremely difficult to share a family meal together,” said Phil Mutino of the Port Chester Cares Community Coalition before the last First Fridays event in August. “Before we know it our summer will be over and many missed opportunities for us to sit down and share a family meal together. First Friday’s is also a way that our wonderful eateries have committed to giving back and saying thank you to us, you and our Port Chester Families.”
The participating restaurants are:
Inca Gaucho Pizza
The coalition says that First Friday’s is also a way for Port Chester to support local businesses that undertstand the importance families getting together for meals.
“We are really encouraging families to eat together,” Mutino said. “It’s a huge protective factor for kids. It helps them do better in school, feel better about themselves, keep away from drugs.”
The “It Takes a Village” key cards went home from school in backpacks during the last week of school. But if you don’t have a key card you can get one from Jennifer Myers of the Port Chester Cares Community Coalition by calling her at 914-255-4856, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.