BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- The Bloomfield Center Alliance (BCA) is giving people another reason to come and experience downtown Bloomfield.  Its new Bloomfield Center Gives Back initiative combines the BCA's objective of supporting local businesses with helping nonprofit organizations serving the town.  On specific dates between mid-April and end of May, people can dine in one of several participating restaurants and help raise money for a local group.  Restaurants will donate 10% of the bill for any diner who references the “Gives Back” campaign at the time of service.  As to what this new initiative will accomplish, BCA Executive Director Ollyn J. Lettman states, “As an organization dedicated to promoting Bloomfield Center, it’s our hope that this new initiative brings new people to our resurging downtown and its many great restaurants.  Combining a great dining experience with the chance to help organizations who do so much for our community is a perfect fit.”  

For their part, nonprofit groups like the United Way of Bloomfield are helping to spread the word in order to increase the amount of money raised.  Participating organizations welcome the chance to be part of this fundraising effort.  “This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone involved,” said Hilary Michel, Executive Director of the United Way of Bloomfield.  “The generosity of the participating restaurants like our sponsor Aki Asian House reflects their support of the town and what we do, while diners who patronize these establishments make contributions to those in need simply by enjoying a delicious lunch or dinner.  The BCA has done an incredible job bringing this together. I hope the program will continue in the future, not just for the donations, but also for the promotion of the amazing restaurants here in Bloomfield Center.”  

Here is a schedule and listing of participating organizations/restaurants:




Wednesday, April 18th

Bloomfield Animal Shelter

Braun’s Tavern & Dining Room

Friday, April 27th

Kindersmile Foundation


Wednesday, May 2nd

United Way of Bloomfield

Aki Asian House

Wednesday, May 9th

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

The Wooden Spoon Southern Kitchen and Saloon

Tuesday, May 15th

Bloomfield Public Library

Italia Pizzeria & Restaurant

Wednesday, May 16th

Friends of Watsessing Park

Mangia Organica

Wednesday, May 23rd

Bloomfield Educational Foundation

Essex Junction Craft Kitchen & Bar

Wednesday, May 30th

Bloomfield Youth Aid Foundation

Burgers Grilled Right (BGR)

Wednesday, May 30th

Bloomfield Fire Department

Bloomfield Steak & Seafood

Anyone wanting more information on this and other Bloomfield Center-related news and announcements, are encouraged to visit the BCA website at  or call (973) 429-8050.