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MD Restaurants Partner to Help Feed Local Families

April 2, 2020

Washington, DC – Clyde’s Restaurant Group and Founding Farmers announce today the launch of Food it Forward MD, an initiative to support the hard-hit restaurant industry and provide quality food to vulnerable populations, first responders, and frontline health care workers in Montgomery & Howard counties.

Through Food It Forward MD, the public can purchase delivery meals packaged by local restaurants. Meals will be distributed to Maryland frontline health care workers, first responders, and to those in need by community partners like Bethesda Cares, Community Food Rescue, Grass Roots Crisis Intervention, and the Community of Action Council of Howard County. “There are so many people who want to help but aren’t quite sure how to help.  Food It Forward MD provides an easy and productive platform.  By purchasing meals through our program, you are putting Virginia restaurants to work providing meals for healthcare workers, first responders, shelters and community support systems right here in Maryland.”, says John McDonnell, Chief Operating Officer of Clyde’s Restaurant Group.

A meal donated through Food It Forward, supports not only local restaurants but also provides healthy food to our local community members affected by the COVID-19 Crisis. “When we heard about Food it Forward it was a no brainer for us. Times are tough and uncertain right now - and to be able to support the first responders and healthcare workers who are on the front lines fighting the fight, and to provide some reprieve for people within the community who just need a little help right now, of course we wanted to help. That is what this business is all about at its core - taking care of people, and why I know our operations are truly essential. We’re proud to be part of it; it’s a great way for the whole community to come together and do some good.”, say Dan Simons, co owner of Farmers Restaurant Group.

The safety of the restaurant teams, partners, and families remain paramount to the operation. Food It Forward meets these goals by requiring participating restaurants to have rigorous cleanliness standards, multiple production kitchens, and the ability to break up team members into several strictly separated teams.

Contributions to Food It Forward allows restaurants to benefit from the continued business and employment of its staff and provides fresh food to the community. Visit for more information.

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Clyde’s Restaurant Group (CRG) is one of the nation’s most successful and enduring restaurant companies. In 1963, the original Clyde’s opened in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC and was recently recognized as one of the city’s “Top Workplaces” by The Washington Post. The brand has expanded to include 12 properties in Northern Virginia, suburban Maryland, and the District of Columbia: Clyde’s of Georgetown, Clyde’s of Columbia, Clyde’s of Reston, Clyde’s of Chevy Chase, Clyde’s at Mark Center, Tower Oaks Lodge, Clyde’s of Gallery Place, Clyde’s Willow Creek Farm, Old Ebbitt Grill, The Tombs, 1789 Restaurant, and The Hamilton. All of Clyde’s restaurants, while distinctively different than the next, share the same reputation for exemplary customer service and a chef-driven menu featuring high-quality fresh ingredients. All Clyde’s concepts share a commitment to the people and the region they serve, proudly offering local produce, seafood, farm-raised meat, and air-chilled, hormone-free, antibiotic-free, humanely raised chicken.

Farmers Restaurant Group (FRG) is majority owned by American family farmers, the North Dakota Farmers Union, along with restaurateurs Michael Vucurevich and Dan Simons. Together, they lead the sustainable and innovative collection of restaurants located in DC, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. With purpose built into its core, FRG supports American family farmers, operates sustainably, sources ingredients responsibly, invests in their communities, and of course serves delicious, scratch-made food and drink to each and every guest. All Farmers Restaurant Group’s award winning restaurants and bars are open every day for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. The flagship location on Pennsylvania Avenue has been the most booked restaurant on OpenTable from 2013-2019, and the group as a whole was acknowledged for being one of Washington Business Journal’s “Best Place to Work” in 2019.

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