‘Eat to Give’ at Salt Lake City restaurant

Posted at 5:47 PM, Dec 26, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-26 19:47:33-05

SALT LAKE CITY - A new restaurant in Salt Lake City wants to serve quality food while also helping feed Utah's homeless.

For every sandwich sold at Even Stevens, another sandwich - or the monetary equivalent of one - is donated to one of four local non-profits.

"We've donated about 24,000 sandwiches in less than six months," said Jason Dreelin with Even Stevens.

The main goal at Even Stevens, located at 414 East 200 South in Salt Lake City, is to serve top notch food, using local products whenever possible. Dreeling says their goal of feeding the homeless wouldn't be very effective if paying customers didn't like the food. So far, people seem to like the meal and the mission statement.

"They're realizing that their purchase actively drives an initiative and more often than not it aligns with their personal values and it really touches their heart," said Jamie Coates with Even Stevens.

The restaurant is currently working with four local groups, including the Good Samaritan Program, who have been helping to feed Salt Lake's homeless and needy population for thirty years. One year ago, the people at Even Stevens approached the program with their concept; before the restaurant even opened.

"It took a few months to get in in the works and get it going but once it did it's been an absolute godsend," said Darren Williams with the Good Samaritan Program.

The founders say business is booming and a second store will open soon in Sugar House.

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