The Habit Burger Grill Continues Fight to Help End Childhood Hunger in America – 2016

Partners Again with No Kid Hungry® and Offers Free Charburger with Cheese for Donations of $2 or More

(IRVINE, CA) Aug. 31, 2016 – The Habit Restaurant, Inc. (Nasdaq: HABT) is continuing its commitment to help end childhood hunger in America. The popular restaurant is partnering again with No Kid Hungry with the goal of raising funds to provide healthy meals to kids across the nation that are unsure of their next meal.
One in five kids in the U.S. struggles with hunger. The Habit Burger Grill, together with its loyal guests, is committed to changing this. The Habit will be collecting donations for No Kid Hungry and offering guests, who donate $2 or more to the No Kid Hungry campaign, a free Charburger with Cheese certificate, good on a return visit now through the end of September.
“We are excited to have The Habit Burger participate in their second Dine Out for No Kid Hungry promotion this September,” said Billy Shore, Founder and CEO of Share Our Strength, which operates the No Kid Hungry campaign. “They are a valued partner that lends their special energy and commitment to our cause, and we’re grateful for their support in helping us end child hunger in the United States.”

“We don’t take for granted the value of a quality meal, and for millions of Americans, especially children, those meals don’t always come easily. That’s why supporting No Kid Hungry is so important to us, and why we want to give something back to the communities we serve and our loyal guests who support this effort,” said Russ Bendel, CEO of The Habit Burger Grill.
Last year The Habit contributed $200,000 to No Kid Hungry, providing more than 2 million meals to kids.
“Our hope to significantly increase this support and help more kids across the country,” added Bendel.
On September 1, Bendel will be joined by No Kid Hungry executives to ring the NASDAQ opening bell together to call attention to the issue of childhood hunger in America.
No Kid Hungry is to make childhood hunger a thing of the past. In partnership with local programs, No Kid Hungry works with children and families how to shop on a budget and cook healthier meals.

About The Habit Burger Grill
The Habit Burger Grill is a burger-centric, fast casual restaurant concept that specializes in preparing fresh, made-to-order chargrilled burgers and sandwiches featuring USDA choice tri-tip steak, grilled chicken and sushi-grade albacore tuna cooked over an open flame. In addition, it features fresh made-to-order salads and an appealing selection of sides, shakes and malts. The Habit was named the “best tasting burger in America” in July 2014 in a comprehensive survey conducted by one of America’s leading consumer magazines. The first Habit Burger Grill opened in Santa Barbara, California in 1969 and has since grown to more than 150 restaurants in 16 markets throughout California, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, Utah, Virginia and Washington. More information is available at

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The Habit Burger Grill and San Diego Fans Raise More Than $11,000 For Reboot, Helping San Diego Veterans Transition Back to Civilian Life

The Habit Burger Grill and thousands of hungry fans in San Diego raised more than $11,000 to support Reboot (NVTSI), a non-profit that helps veterans transition back to civilian life. As a way to celebrate National Burger Month, and to introduce its new San Diego based catering truck, The Habit held fundraising events through San Diego County with 100% of the proceeds going to Reboot Workshops held by National Veterans Transitional Services, Inc.

(NVTSI) has helped thousands of veterans make the challenging switch back to civilian life through workshops that focus on relearning civilian culture while using military skills to their advantage. The educational workshops build upon military training and experience while preparing for life after the military. “OPERATION REBOOT” will match veterans with more than 500 area businesses.

“Reboot Workshops are all about helping veterans learn new habits. At Reboot, we focus on taking the positive training from the military and adding back in the soft skills necessary for a better quality of life as a civilian. This financial support will allow us to offer another workshop this year, and we are very grateful to The Habit and the people of San Diego for their support,” said Maurice Wilson, president and executive director of NVTSI.
“At The Habit, better burgers are just the beginning as we serve the community. We appreciate the support of our San Diego fans and excited to know this effort will help Reboot serve even more veterans,” said Russ Bendel, CEO of the Habit Burger Grill.

We’re Halfway Through The Year!

It has been a great first part of the year for The Habit’s “Doing our Part” campaign and we are proud to be part of the communities in which we serve. We are proud to share that we have donated to various schools, humane societies, food banks, charities, clubs and more. Here are just a few of the organizations we helped support this year:

MDA Muscle Walk – Arizona
National MS Society
Lymphoma Research
National Parkinson Foundation
Hope For Paws
Various Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCAs across the nation
Big Brothers, Big Sisters chapters across the nation
Wounded Heroes Fund
Relay For Life

The Habit Burger Grill Supports Charities During National Burger Month

Thank you to all of our fantastic guests who came out to our Truck Tour in LA and Orange County with our friends at ALT 98.7’s The Woody Show and 104.3’s Valentine in the Morning! We had a great time serving up $5 combos for a great cause throughout the month of May. Thanks to you, we were able to raise the following totals for some amazing causes:

Hope For Paws Rescue: $3,220.00
National Parkinson Foundation: $3,231.00
Lymphoma Research: $4,350.00
MS Society: $6,271.00

habit truck open with tables and food set up in front of it

What a Year!

It has been a great year for The Habit’s “Doing our Part” campaign and we are proud to share that we have donated over $100,000 as well as tens of thousands of Charburgers this year to various schools, humane societies, food banks, charities, clubs and more. Here are just a few of the organizations we helped support this year:

MDA Muscle Walk- Arizona and California
Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCA’s all over California, Arizona and Utah
The March of Dimes- March for Babies
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society- Light the Night
The California Restaurant Association (CRAEF) and Pro-Start
The Walk to Defeat ALS
The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer
American Cancer Society- Relay for Life
Second Harvest Food Bank
Orange County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Share Our Strength- Taste the Nation

Dining for a Cause in Buena Park

We are excited to share that our pre-opening events at our new Buena Park Habit were a great success! We were able to raise over $4,400 for three worthy causes in the community. Beneficiaries included the Buena Park Library District, Whitney High School, and the Boys & Girls Club. To learn how you can support these organizations all year long, visit their websites here:

The Buena Park Library District
Whitney High School
The Boys & Girls Club

Supporting Local Charities in Temecula

The Habit raised over $5,000 for some great local causes in Temecula including the Boy Scouts of America, the Spirit of Great Oak Marching Band, and the Food Pantry of the St. Vincent De Paul Society. Friends, family, students, and neighbors showed their support for their favorite cause at our three pre-opening events where we donated 100% of all proceeds raised. Highlights included the Great Oak High School jazz band performing holiday favorites and energizing the crowd. Thank you to all who came out and joined us in celebrating these worthy causes. To learn more about these causes, please visit their websites.

The Boy Scouts of America
The Spirit of Great Oak
The Society of St. Vincent De Paul

The Habit Helps Raise Funds for CRAEF

The Habit is proud to partner with The California Restaurant Association and were excited to help them raise money at the Western Foodservice show.  Our “Make it a Habit to Donate” campaign was a great success and we were able to help raise a total of almost $8,700!  Well done to the CRAEF expo team.

Dining to Support a Local Charity

The Habit raised more than $1,000 for Savannah’s Organic Ranch during our recent Aliso Viejo opening fundraiser. Savannah’s Organic Ranch aims to spread the seeds of a healthier future by involving children in the organic process, from planting to harvesting, and then creating and enjoying healthy meals. In addition to education and nutrition, the ranch encourages philanthropy by involving children in the donation of organic foods to local food banks and other charities, as well as allocating a portion of funds raised toward easing the lives of children battling pediatric cancer

Habit Opens in Northridge with New Drive Thru & Solar Panels

You can now get your Habit in Northridge on 9215 Reseda Blvd between Dearborn and Prairie Streets. The new Habit Burger Grill not only features our first drive thru, but it’s also equipped with solar panels to help off-set some of our traditional energy sources. (Panels pictured on the red awning in above photo). Northridge’s dining room is open until 10 p.m. Sunday – Thursday, 11 p.m. Friday – Saturday. The drive thru is open an hour later than the dining room every night.


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