If you're looking to have dinner with a side of philanthropy on Friday, these are the places to head in the Twin Cities.
Some 45 restaurants and cafes have pledged to donate up to 50 percent of their proceeds on Friday to support famine relief efforts in Somalia, as part of the Dine Out for Somalia fundraising drive created by a handful of restaurant owners in Minneapolis.
You can find the full list and a map of participating restaurants here – most of them are in Minneapolis but there are locations in St. Paul, St. Cloud and Eden Prairie.
Among those taking part is Holy Land in northeast Minneapolis, Himalayan Restaurant on Lake Street in south Minneapolis, and the Afro Delis in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
The fundraising goal for the one-day event is $150,000, with most restaurants pledging to donate 50 percent of proceeds and others promising to donate what they can afford.
The famine and droughts in Somalia and the Horn of Africa hits home particularly for the thousands of Somalis and east Africans living in Minnesota.
Al Jazeera reports that the United Nations warned that 20 million people in Somalia, Yemen, Nigeria and South Sudan face starvation after longtime droughts, and money is urgently needed to precent what is being called "the largest humanitarian crisis in the history of the UN."
The UN's humanitarian chief has said an injection of $4.4 billion is needed by July to avert disaster.
Around six million Somalis – half the country's population – are in urgent need of humanitarian intervention, the Toronto Star reports.