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A Taste Of Food Inspired By The Caribbean Will Benefit Young Athletes

By Tim Jimenez

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Thirteen Philadelphia restaurants are offering a taste of the islands next week and part of the proceeds are going to young athletes coming to town for the Penn Relays.

Caribbean Cuisine Week is back for a fifth year, taking place April 16th through the 18th at participating Philadelphia restaurants.

“Just trying to get everybody in Philly to go out to one of these restaurants, have a meal for $33 or less, which includes appetizer, main course and desert,” organizer Blane Stoddart said.

A portion of the proceeds go to Young Friends of Team Jamaica, a group which helps 700 athletes from the Caribbean who come to Philadelphia for the annual Penn Relays.

“These kids and the schools may not be able to afford all the amenities that goes with their travel so we provide 2,000 hot meals a day and ground transportation. We also provide emergency medical care,” Stoddart said.

One of the athletes they’ve helped in the past is someone you may have heard of before: Usain Bolt.

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