DARTMOUTH — Townsquare Media and the Fearons Family has announced that May’s “Food for Tots” event raised more than $8,200 for pediatric services at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford. The event, which was held Thursday, May 17, in Dartmouth, was the second in a series of “Food for Tots” fundraisers created to benefit Southcoast Health’s pediatric services, which are provided in collaboration with the world’s top pediatric hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital.

“Food for Tots” invites the community to dine out at some of the area’s best restaurants on the third Thursday of every month, with 15 percent of the proceeds going directly to pediatric services at Southcoast Health. This month’s event featured five Dartmouth restaurants: Busters Sports Bar & Grill, Cask & Pig Kitchen and Alehouse, Fay’s Restaurant & Catering, Max’s and Not Your Average Joe’s. It also included a match donation of $2,500 from Christopher M. Hodgson of Coastal Financial.

To date, “Food for Tots” has raised nearly $18,000 through its events in Dartmouth and Fairhaven.

“The response and support from the community for this event has been overwhelming,” said Jill Fearons, a long-time advocate and volunteer for Southcoast Health’s pediatric services. “When Michael Rock presented this idea, I never imagined that it would grow into what it has become in such a short amount of time. The incredible restaurants and businesses from Fairhaven and Dartmouth that have participated so far have set a high bar, and I can’t wait to see what Fall River has in store.”

The next “Food for Tots” is scheduled for Thursday, June 21, in Fall River. The participating restaurants will be announced soon on air and on fun107.com.

“Food for Tots” is supported by Townsquare Media which donated significant airtime on both WFHN 107 FM and WBSM 1420 AM. In addition, the stations held live interviews with Michael Rock, host of the WFHN “Michael Rock” show, and Phil Paleologos, who hosts the morning program on WBSM.

“What I like best about ‘Food For Tots’ is that it’s feasible for most families on the South Coast to participate,” said Rock. “While it’s hard for many families to open their wallets and donate $50 or $100 to St. Luke’s, a lot of families are already planning on going out to eat on a Thursday night … so why NOT eat at a ‘Food For Tots’ restaurant and help a great cause?”

On The Go in Mattapoisett has also been supporting the initiative by donating 15 percent of its proceeds every Tuesday to the Southcoast Health pediatrics program. To date, On The Go has donated more than $1,500.

“We created ‘Food for Tots’ so that every child in our region could receive the absolute best pediatric care in the world right here where we live,” said Fearons. “I could not be more grateful to Michael Rock and everyone at Fun 107 and WBSM for supporting this initiative. I also could not be more thankful to the restaurants that opened their doors and their hearts to this cause.”

For more information regarding the “Food for Tots” program or to get involved as a donor, visit southcoast.org/philanthropy/food-for-tots/ or contact Tricia Grime at 508-973-5355 or grimep@southcoast.org