Arkansas Starvation Reduction Alliance companions with three Central Arkansas eating places on Plating Change initiative


The Arkansas Starvation Reduction Alliance has partnered with Doe’s Eat Place, Lindsey’s BBQ & Hospitality Home and Trio’s Restaurant on Plating Change, an initiative to struggle meals insecurity and help small companies.

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Marcus Lemonis based the initiative and can  pledge $35,000 to Trio’s and Doe’s and $40,000 to Lindsey’s BBQ. The funding will permit the eating places to arrange and distribute a complete of 11,000 meals to Arkansans in want, starting Wednesday, Jan. 20, and operating by means of Friday, March 26.

Lemonis’ pledge to every restaurant will assist cowl the price of meals purchases and preparations in addition to wages for restaurant workers. Every restaurant has partnered with the Alliance to distribute the meals by means of native organizations, neighborhood websites, faculties, church buildings and inexpensive housing communities, together with the next: Jericho Means, From His Throne Ministries, Philander Smith School, Canvas Neighborhood Church, Buffington Towers, Southwest Little Rock Neighborhood Heart, St. Francis Home, Stewpot, and Phoenix Home. The Plating Change initiative can be supported by Ben E. Keith Firm and Sysco Meals of Arkansas.

“My aim is to maintain Fundamental Avenue USA alive and effectively in the course of the financial troubles that COVID-19 has dropped at our small enterprise homeowners and eating places,” Lemonis mentioned in a press launch. Lemonis, Tenting World CEO and host of CNBC’s “The Revenue” and “Streets of Desires with Marcus Lemonis,” just lately donated $500,000 to assist companies broken by the Christmas Day bombing in Nashville.

“Right here in Central Arkansas and in cities throughout America, we’re making a motion the place we’re giving everybody the chance to ‘guess on humanity’ and provides again. That’s one thing we are able to all be ok with,” Lemonis mentioned.

The Plating Change initiative has additionally partnered with actor and North Little Rock native Mary Steenburgen and her husband, actor Ted Danson, who’re each longtime supporters of the No Child Hungry marketing campaign to fight childhood starvation. When Danson was made conscious of Lemonis’ Plating Change initiative, he and Steenburgen wished to discover a technique to convey this system to the Central Arkansas neighborhood. Steenburgen reached out to metropolis director Capi Peck, her childhood pal and govt chef and proprietor of Trio’s Restaurant, to debate collaborating on Plating Change with legacy eating places in Little Rock and North Little Rock. Contemplating Steenburgen’s connection to Lindsey’s BBQ in her hometown, her relationship to Doe’s Eat Place and its important political historical past and her lifelong friendship with Peck, the three establishments have been chosen, and the work to plan the Plating Change meal distribution started.

Extra from the press launch:

“The Alliance could be very grateful for the help of Marcus Lemonis, Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson on this unimaginable initiative,” mentioned Kathy Webb, govt director of the Alliance. “Due to their generosity and keenness for our mission work to struggle starvation in Arkansas, the Alliance has been capable of coordinate with Trio’s, Doe’s and Lindsey’s BBQ, in addition to a number of devoted companions, on the distribution of 11,000 meals to Arkansans in want. This may have a big influence on our neighborhood and within the lives of our neighbors going through meals insecurity throughout an particularly devastating and tough time.”


“We have been honored to hitch forces with Marcus Lemonis, our pal Capi Peck and the Arkansas Starvation Reduction Alliance to convey the Plating Change Initiative to Arkansas,” mentioned Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson. “It is very important us to always remember these locations in Arkansas that we maintain expensive. This can be a crucial second in our state’s historical past, and we’re impressed by the Arkansans who’re working so onerous to make life higher for his or her neighbors. Please be a part of them and us in supporting Arkansas eating places and feeding our fellow Arkansans.”


The launch of the Plating Change initiative will assist 1000’s of Arkansas people and households get meals on their tables, and it’ll present much-needed help to the devoted workers of Doe’s, Lindsey’s BBQ and Trio’s — three cherished legacy eating places within the Central Arkansas neighborhood.


About Arkansas Starvation Reduction Alliance 

Arkansas Starvation Reduction Alliance, lead associate in Arkansas for the No Child Hungry marketing campaign, is a non-profit collaborative community of greater than 520 starvation aid organizations throughout Arkansas. Our founding members embody the Arkansas Foodbank in Little Rock, the Meals Financial institution of Northeast Arkansas in Jonesboro, Harvest Regional Meals Financial institution in Texarkana, Meals Financial institution of North Central Arkansas in Norfork, Northwest Arkansas Meals Financial institution in Bethel Heights and River Valley Regional Meals financial institution in Fort Smith. The Alliance is a collaborative group that works on behalf of Arkansans going through starvation. We invite you to go to for particulars on starvation aid applications, volunteer alternatives and donor data.


About Plating Change  

The “Plating Change” program falls beneath the newly launched The Lemon-Assist Basis, the place Marcus Lemonis pledged $50 million to champion his charitable mission of supporting and investing in underserved communities and small companies. These investments might be within the type of loans and fairness investments and might be designed to have a measurable charitable influence on the communities and companies being served by the inspiration. The inspiration additionally intends to make grants to different charitable organizations that share the identical mission and targets. Lemonis intends to use the identical sort of rigor that he applies in his personal investments to the influence investing of the inspiration. Go to for extra data.

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