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PROJECT HOPE AND URBAN PLATES TEAM UP FOR GOOD HEALTH FOR PEOPLE EVERYWHERE

April 3, 2019

Millwood, Va., April 03, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Project HOPE and fine fast casual restaurant Urban Plates are joining forces this World Health Day to shine a light on the importance of good health and good health care. Urban Plates will donate 5% of sales at their three Washington-area locations on Sunday, April 7, to support Project HOPE.

With an emphasis on high quality food at an affordable price, Urban Plates empowers guests to make equally wholesome and delicious food choices.

“Food sustains us, community uplifts us,” says Gil Fornaris, vice president of Urban Plates’ East Coast Operations. “As a brand we work hard to combine the two through partnerships. We’re proud to support Project HOPE in their effort to make our world a better, healthier place.”

Project HOPE works around the world wherever the need is greatest to address public-health challenges and train and support the local health workforce. The organization responds to health crises and disasters, such as Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, and stays in communities long after disaster strikes to help find lasting solutions to epidemics and any other neglected health needs.

“Like Urban Plates, we believe in the universal right to be healthy and thrive,” says Rabih Torbay, president and chief operating officer of Project HOPE. “From our 60 years of experience on the ground, we know that by planting the seeds of success in local communities, we can empower people to realize their vision for a healthy future.”

Urban Plates patrons can visit any of the three Washington-area locations – Tysons Galleria (Virginia), Westfield Montgomery (Bethesda, Maryland) and The Mall in Columbia (Columbia, Maryland) – on April 7 to enjoy wholesome food and learn more about good health around the world. At the Bethesda location, Urban Plates will host a presentation ceremony for Project HOPE officials, at noon.

About Project HOPE

Founded in 1958, Project HOPE is a leader in global health and humanitarian relief programs. An international non-profit organization, we are committed to transforming lives and uplifting communities by empowering health care workers to teach and deliver innovative, lifesaving solutions, every day and in times of crisis. With programs in nearly 30 countries, we work at the epicenter of today’s greatest health challenges including infectious and noncommunicable diseases; disasters and health crises; maternal, neonatal and child health; and the policies that impact how health care is delivered. Learn more at www.projecthope.org.

About Urban Plates

Urban Plates is a fine fast-casual restaurant concept combining the freshness and variety of a food marketplace with fine-dining culinary integrity. Founders and industry veterans Saad Nadhir and John Zagara opened the first Urban Plates in San Diego in 2011 with a passion for serving nourishing food that makes you feel good. Urban Plates provides fresh, made-from-scratch meals, entrée salads, hand-carved sandwiches, hot and chilled sides, seasonal soups and braises, as well as natural juice Replenishers and desserts. The company’s fundamental philosophy to invest in food quality is behind thoughtful sourcing, which includes grass-fed beef, cage-free chicken, line-caught seafood and more. Every menu item is prepared on-premise daily at each of the company’s 16 locations, including 13 California restaurants and three East Coast locations in the Washington D.C. market in Tysons Galleria, The Mall in Columbia and Westfield Montgomery Mall. https://urbanplates.com/

Christine Nyirjesy Bragale Project HOPE 202-834-7900 cbragale@projecthope.org Michelle Kelly/Alexis Acebo Urban Plates, Bright Red Agency 850-668-6824 urbanplates@brightredagency.com