Zambrero is a humanitarian organisation that just happens to sell Mexican food. We call it Mexican with a Mission.
The concept is simple. For every burrito or bowl a customer purchases at Zambrero, a meal is donated to someone in need in the developing world, through our distribution partner Rise Against Hunger.
In 2015, Zambrero extended its efforts to help make a difference to people doing it tough in Australia, where the Zambrero story began. To do this, a delicious range of retail products were created that customers can take-away, including superfood muesli bars, packets of Forbidden Foods organic black rice and Hazillo brownies.
For every retail product sold, Zambrero donates a meal to an under privileged Australian community via Foodbank.
Zambrero is equally a fresh healthy Mexican Franchise and humanitarian enterprise committed to tackling world hunger. Zambrero’s Plate 4 Plate initiative provides the vehicle to provide much needed hunger relief to people who need it most.
Rise Against Hunger is Zambrero’s international distribution partner. As an international hunger relief agency, Rise Against Hunger directs Plate 4 Plate meals to where many do not have access to adequate nutrition, primarily through school feeding programs.
Zambrero’s local Australian partner Foodbank is Australia’s largest food relief organisation. Foodbank assists 473,000 Australians with food relief every month through activities such as packing and distributing food parcels to people facing food scarcity in Australia.
Rise Against Hunger meals donated by Zambrero are a nutritious combination of rice, soy and dehydrated vegetables, fortified with a vitamin mix, specifically designed to supplement the diet of malnourished individuals.
The meals have been created for easy transportation so they can reach remote areas anywhere in the world. All ingredients are rice-based so they suit the diets of most individuals as well as being vegetarian, culturally neutral and easily blended with locally available spices, vegetables and proteins.
Zambrero’s contribution per meal is based on the cost of the raw ingredients and does not include packaging, shipping or meal distribution, which are covered by Rise Against Hunger and its partner organisations.
In Australia, partnering with Foodbank, Zambrero donates a rice and beans based lunch or dinner with every black rice packet or Hazillo brownie purchased. For every superfood muesli bar sold, Zambrero will donate a breakfast meal to an Australian in need, consisting of cereal and milk.
Zambrero and the Plate 4 Plate initiative was born from Dr Sam Prince’s keen entrepreneurial talent and passion for healthy, fresh Mexican food – but most of all from his desire to do something about world hunger.
Sam opened his first Zambrero restaurant in 2005 in his hometown, Canberra, Australia. He was just 21 at the time and studying to be a medical doctor. From day one, the motivation behind Zambrero was the Plate 4 Plate initiative.
Fast-forward to 2016 and Zambrero now has over 130 quick service restaurants around the world with more opening every week. So far Zambrero have donated over 9 million meals to help strengthen people suffering from malnutrition in developing countries, thanks to Zambrero’s customers.