The National Restaurant Association (NRA) called on all U.S. foodservice operators to apply for the 2009 Restaurant Neighbor Award. This annual award recognizes restaurants in four categories for their charitable contributions: small business, mid-size business, large business/national chain and cornerstone humanitarian.

This year, four national winners will receive a $5,000 prize to continue their charitable works. The deadline to apply is June 5. Restaurants may apply on their own behalf or employees, patrons and other community members may work with a local restaurant to apply for the award. For more information, visit the NRA's Web site.