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O.C. diners help the hungry through new partnership

Two local businesses are working with nonprofit Buy A Meal Give A Meal to help children locally and internationally

by Griffin RogersPublished: May 15, 2012 08:30 AM

Buy A Meal Give A Meal, an Australian nonprofit children’s movement, has formed a partnership with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County and The Lime Truck to help provide support for children in Orange County and Africa.

During the next two months, The Lime Truck will donate 25 cents to the Second Harvest Food Bank for every order of Carnitas Fries sold, and will be a part of BAMGAM’s mission to work with local restaurants and charities to help feed children in need.

“We are thrilled to be supporting a cause that will directly help the local food bank,” said Daniel Shemtob, owner of 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.”

In addition to creating a promotional platform for the O.C.-based mobile restaurant, BAMGAM offers a funding solution for Second Harvest, an organization that feeds more than 240,000 people each month.

Joe Schoeningh, executive director of the Second Harvest Food Bank, said the movement that translates meals into funds to nurture children is a simple way to rally community support. 

“Federal funds are being cut everywhere, so we need to focus on the Orange County restaurants helping the local community,” Schoeningh said.

Ultimately, BAMGAM’s goal is to provide meals for more than 1 million children each day. This can be accomplished by creating an easy and sustainable way for people to give to children who need their support, said BAMGAM co-founder Brandon Sowers.

“Critical to our success are our partnerships with children’s charities and restaurant industry leaders who will donate to these charities,” Sowers said. "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.”

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