Saturday, March 24 marks the highly-anticipated March For Our Lives, a nationwide movement to draw awareness to gun violence and call for Congress and governments across the country to enact stricter gun control legislation. In an effort to support the participants–many of whom are expected to be high schoolers and young students–restaurants around the mall and Capitol Building are offering free and discounted meals for marchers.
One of the largest initiatives being organized is #FoodForOurLives. Participating restaurants are donating free lunches at various locations around the city. Chef José Andrés’ ThinkFoodLab (701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) will be distributing meals along with The Bird (1337 11th St. NW) and The Pig (1320 14th St. NW). The free food will be available to students under 18 with a valid ID.
Students can also swing by RareSweets (963 Palmer Alley NW) and grab a complimentary granola bar made from chef Meredith Tomason’s family recipe (government ID required). The bakery will also donate 10% of the day’s profits to the March For Our Lives Foundation.
In addition to free food, a number of restaurants are offering up 50% discounts to hungry crowds come Saturday. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., students under the age of 18 can get half off the vegetable-focused meals at Beefsteak (800 22nd St. NW) in Foggy Bottom. The same deal applies at area Shake Shack, Cava, and Sweetgreen locations, as well as at the fast-casual Rasa (1247 First St. SE).
If you’re participating in the march as part of the older crowd, you can refuel with an extended happy hour at Le Desales (1725 Desales St. NW) bar from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday. There will be a selection of dishes priced $6 to $12 and drink specials including $5 beers, $6 ciders, $7 wines by the glass and $8 cocktails. That includes the refreshing Goldenbeard, made with local Cotton & Reed white rum, ginger, Suze, and lemon.
And if you just want to grab a drink that supports the cause, mosey over to District Distilling (1414 U St. NW), where 10% of all sales on Saturday will go towards the charity.
So whether you are planning to march on Saturday or just want to spread the word and support the cause, be sure to keep these businesses and restaurants at the top of your mind. And stay warm out there!