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Plate 4 Plate
Plate 4 Plate is Zambrero's way of giving,
for every burrito or bowl you purchase,
a meal is donated to someone in need.
We've joined with Stop Hunger Now, an international hunger relief agency, to deliver nutrition to those who need it most across Africa, Asia and the Americas. Things like providing hot school lunches, which encourages parents to send kids to school for education as well as a decent feed. And locally we work with Foodbank so our Aussie neighbours who are doing it tough get some good nosh too.
Every year, we double our commitment on World Food Day October 16 with our annual major fundraising event that day we give twice with 2 meals for every burrito or bowl sold. Yay! Come in very hungry & leave very happy.
At Zambrero, home cooking is our inspiration so we love that we can provide meals to homes that really need some nourishment. We believe that when you nourish the body, you nourish the spirit.
Impressively, SHN has shipped meals to 65 countries including Cambodia, Haiti, Liberia, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Sierra Leone and Vietnam and operate meal packaging locations in 18 US cities and in South Africa, Malaysia and Italy. Visit stophunger.now.org for some food for thought!
What is Plate 4 Plate?
What is Plate 4 Plate?
Plate 4 Plate is Zambrero’s way of tackling world hunger. For every burrito or bowl (all the goodness of a burrito without the tortilla) purchased at Zambrero, a meal is donated to someone in need in the developing world or in an underprivileged Australian community.
How many Plate 4 Plate meals have been provided to date?
Zambrero has funded 4 million meals for those in need worldwide since it was established in 2005.
How does Zambrero support global efforts to end world hunger?
Zambrero doubles its commitment to ending world hunger on World Food Day October 16. This annual major fundraising initiative sees Zambrero double its donations and provide two meals to those in need for every burrito or bowl sold that day in its 70+ restaurants.
How does Plate 4 Plate get meals to the hungry?
Via Zambrero’s distribution partner Stop Hunger Now, an international hunger relief agency. Stop Hunger Now packs and distributes food to countries where many do not have access to adequate nutrition, primarily through school feeding programs. Locally, Zambrero partners with Australia’s largest food relief agency Foodbank.
Why primarily via schools?
Providing a hot meal during school gives parents, particularly in developing nations and poorer communities, an incentive to send their children to school. This helps ensure a child receives their primary school education which is the first step in breaking the poverty cycle. Education is the major way in which to improve the quality of life in disadvantaged communities, whether it be in maternal health, childhood mortality, gender equality or combating HIV/AIDS. And addressing the problem of hunger is the single point where Zambrero can leverage relief for all humanitarian issues.
What constitutes a Plate 4 Plate meal?
A meal is a dehydrated combination of rice and soy fortified with 21 essential vitamins and nutrients. Research (http://www.stophungernow.org) shows that one in three people in developing countries suffer vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
Nutritional information of a meal:
Where do meals provided via the Plate 4 Plate initiative go?
Stop Hunger Now has shipped meals to 65 countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to date. In 2014 Stop Hunger Now sent meals to 34 countries including Cambodia, Haiti, Liberia, Nicaragua, Philippines, Sierra Leone and Vietnam. Stop Hunger Now operates meal packaging locations in 18 US cities and in South Africa, Malaysia and Italy. Since June 2014, Zambrero has also been working with Foodbank to distribute meals in Australia.
How does Stop Hunger Now determine where to ship meals and how does it ensure meals are received by the people who need them?
Stop Hunger Now works with in country partners who submit food requests for assessment based on the following criteria: accountability, resources to pay for shipping and manage customs process, capacity to securely store donated meals, and ability to maintain control of the donated food from receipt to distribution. Partner organisations agree not to barter or sell the donated meals, which keeps the Stop Hunger Now food out of the general market.
Where can I find out more about how and where meals are distributed?
You can visit www.stophunger.now.org
What are the next dates and locations for meal shipment?
Meal shipment to Haiti
ORPHANetwork (Nicaragua) graduation
South Sudan Shipment
Dominican Republic Shipment
Stories from the Field: Foursquare Children of Promise
Stories from the Field: Foursquare Children of Promise
Cambodia: Foursquare Children of Promise (FCOP) is a partner through Reach Now International. FCOP works to provide aid for orphans and widows in 24 different provinces of Cambodia. The short and long term goals of their orphan program are to feed, clothe, and educate the poor and needy through the ministry of the local church. They also work to provide culturally relevant job training for individuals in orphanages by establishing self sustaining agricultural and income generating enterprises. The orphan program has been operating since 1999 and was originally founded by Ted and Sou Olbrich. Since 2012, FCOP has received more than 5 million meals.
Phum Leao Home:
This home is located in a very poor area where kids in the community are malnourished and get sick very easily. One little girl, Sreyneang, came to the orphanage just a year ago. She was very thin and malnourished. After being in the orphanage for just a year and eating Stop
Hunger Now meals, she has gained weight and grown in height. She is much healthier
now and loves to play. Phum Leao home helps people in the community in many ways including having a feeding program on Sundays for the poor.
“Nuan” Prek Bey Church Home:
In 2011, Nuan came to the Prek Bey home at the age of 7. She was half her size, the size of a toddler, and she was very malnourished. Over the last 3 years, she has grown and is now a healthy weight. Though she wasn’t in school when she started, she is now in the first grade.
When Stop Hunger Now came to visit the home, Nuan was running around and playing with the girls. She loves playing hopscotch and swinging on the swing set.
“Sopeab” Tumnup Island Church Home:
Tumnup Island is in central Cambodia. It is a growing area that is only accessible by boat. When visiting this home we met a boy named Sopeab. Sopeab arrived at the orphanage when he was just 13 years old. He was very skinny and malnourished, the size of a 6 year old. When he arrived, they fed him healthy Stop Hunger Now meals each day and enrolled him in school. Now, at age 19, he is in the top of his class. When he graduates from high school he wants to become a translator and work with a ministry that serves God.
Stories from the Field: Vietnam
History: The partnership between Stop Hunger Now and Children of Vietnam (COV) started in 1999. COV is dedicated to providing children with the resources to succeed in life including good nutrition, life saving medical care, safe and secure housing, and access to education. Since 1998, COV has reached more than 30,000 children, helping them escape the cycle of poverty, overcome the limitation of disability and realize the dreams they never thought possible.
Since 2008, Stop Hunger Now has shipped more than 5 million meals through COV to feeding
programs in kindergartens, vocational schools, orphanages, elderly homes, hospitals and
programs for disabled children.
“Nam” Thanh Tam Special School:
One day, when doing rehabilitation in the community, Sister Thao met a boy named
Nam (age 20) who was mentally handicapped. He sat in the corner and refused to communicate to anyone and his family didn’t know how to help him. The Sisters tried to get him to come to school and he wouldn’t until one day, they showed him photos of the children at the school and he agreed to visit to see if he liked it. He loved the school and decided to attend. His attitude changed drastically and he has made friends. He now rides his bike to school each day to study carpentry at their vocational school.
“Linh and Trih” Binh Dinh Bac Kindergarten:
Linh and Trih are from very poor families and, in addition to their financial hardship, their mother is
suffering from a mental disease. When the kids started kindergarten at age 5, they were very malnourished. The teachers at the school collected clothes and food for the family and fed them Stop Hunger Now meals at least five days a week. After 2 years, they are both very healthy and have done very well in school. They are now in the 2nd grade.
“Lap and Loi” Hoi Ma Orphanage:
In 2007, twin boys Lap and Loi came to Hoi Ma Orphanage when they were in the 5th grade. They came
from a minority community in rural Vietnam and neither of them could speak Vietnamese. Ms. Xuan, the
Director of the orphanage, helped them everyday to practice reading, writing, and speaking Vietnamese.
They are now in the 11th grade and can speak Vietnamese fluently. They love soccer and are great role
models for the boys in the orphanage.
Son Ca Kindergarten:
This kindergarten has a nurse on staff who measures the children and checks their health regularly. At the beginning of the 2014-15 school year in September, the malnutrition rate was 12.5%. Just a month
later, the rate has already decreased to 11% after the kids received SHN meals.
“The children’s health has changed a lot since receiving the [SHN] meals. The children are happier, stronger, healthier and perform better in school.” said the principle, Ms. Thao. “The kids are excited and happy to come to school, especially when it’s snack time with [Stop Hunger Now]meals.”
Hoa Mi Kindergarten:
This kindergarten also has a nurse on staff who checks the children’s health regularly. In 2013, 20.5% the children were underweight. In just one year, it was down to 6% thanks to Stop Hunger Now meals.
“One little girl, My, was malnourished at the start of 2013. In just one year she grew in height and weight and is no longer malnourished. She is happier, more active, and she loves to play!” said the principle, Ms. Bom
Stories from the Field: Cambodia
Through the UN, Salesian Missions began providing technical vocational education to
Cambodian refugees in the 1980s. In 1993, at the invitation of the Cambodian government, the first Don Bosco Technical School was formed in Phnom Penh. Currently there are seven vocational training centers that teach approximately 1,300 youth ages 16-21. With their diplomas, students take with them skills in mechanics, welding, computers, printing and communication – as well as the hope for a new Cambodia. This is a new partner for Stop Hunger Now and the first shipment of meals will be sent in early December 2014.
Observations from M&E:
- Students do not have to be Catholic to attend school and are not forced to attend church. They celebrate their heritage and have fun.
- The programs are demand driven and strive for gender equality
- All of Don Bosco’s technical schools use solar power
- Teachers come from around the world to instruct the students. They also hire recent graduates to teach classes and run the school.
“Seyha Try” Don Bosco Kep City:
While visiting Don Bosco Kep City, one past student named Seyha Try took us to his home.
He explained that as a child, he used to walk 5km each way to school, twice a day through the rice fields. He said he wanted to study electricity so that he could bring it to his home. He went to the Don Bosco Sihanoukville school on scholarship and studied in their electrical program. When he graduated, he was offered a job at Don Bosco Kep as a teacher and is now, at just 24 years old, the head of their electrical program. He has not been able to bring electricity to his home yet, but he has brought water and toilets. He hopes to install solar power in the near future.