By STAFF | MobileFoodNews.com
Buy A Meal Give A Meal Connects Charities and the Restaurant Industry to Help Needy Children
Irvine, California, 27 April, 2012 – Leading global nonprofit children’s movement, Buy A Meal Give A Meal (BAMGAM), has today announced its launch in California and key partnerships with local food bank Second Harvest and Food Network Show, The Great Food Truck Race winner, The Lime Truck. Through these partnerships, BAMGAM will deliver much needed support to underprivileged children across Orange County and Africa.
The BAMGAM movement works with the restaurant industry and charities to nourish and support children in need by providing a platform for restaurants and their patrons to directly contribute to children’s charities. It works by participating restaurants donating to a BAMGAM partner charity. In the months’ of May and June, The Lime Truck will be donating 25 cents of every Carnitas Fries to support Second Harvest Food Bank and JAM International.
“We are thrilled to be supporting a cause that will directly help the local food bank,” said Daniel Shemtob, Owner, The Lime Truck. “It is through the experience of everyday eating that BAMGAM will help people give back. As a participating food truck, we will benefit from engagement with our community, knowing they are part of a movement gathering critical mass globally.”
BAMGAM offers sustainable funding solutions for its charitable partners, while providing social awareness and promotional support for its restaurant industry partners. Present in Australia and South Africa, BAMGAM is working towards the goal of supporting and nourishing over one million underprivileged children each day. Its vision is to harness the power of giving and foster a movement where simply buying a meal gives basic nourishment or support to a child in need.
“At the heart of BAMGAM is the simple principle of creating an easy and sustainable way for people to give to children in need,” said Brandon Sowers, co-founder, BAMGAM. “Critical to our success are our partnerships with children’s charities and restaurant industry leaders who will donate to these charities. Even more important is the need to raise awareness with Americans who value supporting local businesses striving to make social change. It is through this support that BAMGAM will have a meaningful impact.”
“Federal funds are being cut everywhere so we need to focus on the orange county restaurants helping the local community ,” said Joe Schoeningh -Executive Director of Second Harvest Food Bank Orange County. “The need is great and BAMGAM, as a movement that translates a daily meal into funds that nurture kids, is a simple and innovative way in which the community can support children in need.”
Buy A Meal Give A Meal (BAMGAM) is a global movement connecting restaurants, charities, and the community. BAMGAM’s vision is to nourish and support over one million children daily by providing sustainable funding solutions for our aligned charities that help underprivileged children. BAMGAM will do this by aligning the interests of local restaurants, their patrons, and our beneficiary charities. BAMGAM is a registered Australian nonprofit based in Brisbane, and operates in the USA under the fiscal sponsorship of OneOc based in Newport Beach, California, and in South Africa via the Leafy Greens Cafe. www.bamgam.org.
About The Lime Truck
Since it’s launch in June 2010, The Lime Truck has whipped up a whirlwind of palate pleasing new American cuisine that has earned a bevy of local and national accolades and loyal followers. Owner and visionary, Daniel Shemtob, aims to keep mouths watering using local, organic and sustainably sourced fresh ingredients, paired with hip, inventive recipes, creating the most delectable dishes available for catering, weddings, and street patrons.
About Second Harvest Food Bank
Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County is working to eliminate hunger in Orange County. Through a network of nearly 500 local member nonprofits, the Food Bank distributes over 16 million pounds of nutritious food to our neighbors in need every year. Learn more about our work in the community – and how you can help – at FeedOC.org.