What is Zambrero?

Zambrero is equally a fresh, healthy quick-service Mexican restaurant franchise and a humanitarian enterprise committed to ending world hunger.

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What does ‘Mexican with a Mission’ mean?

Zambrero is a Mexican restaurant franchise on a mission to help eradicate world hunger. That has been our reason for doing business since day one. Our Plate 4 Plate initiative is how we achieve this.

How does the Plate 4 Plate initiative work?

Every time a customer purchases a burrito or bowl at Zambrero, a meal is donated to someone going hungry through our key distribution partner, Rise Against Hunger.
In Australia, Zambrero donates a meal to an Australian in need every time a customer purchases a product from our retail range. To do this, Zambrero partners with Foodbank Australia.

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What is Rise Against Hunger?

Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief agency and Zambrero’s international distribution partner that directs Plate 4 Plate meals to where they are needed most. Rise Against Hunger packs and distributes food to countries where many do not have access to adequate nutrition, primarily through school feeding programs.

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How many meals has Zambrero donated?

Zambrero’s Plate 4 Plate initiative has funded over 14 million meals since we began trading in 2005.
Visit our homepage to see the most up to date number of meals donated.

Does Zambrero’s Mission include Australia?

Sadly, yes. Our friends at Foodbank report 2.2 million Australians are living in poverty and 10.9% of those are children. One in 4 pensioners live in or close to poverty and 105,000 Australians are homeless.

That’s why in 2015 Zambrero extended our humanitarian efforts to address the growing problem of hunger here at home through sales of a new retail range.

Every time we sell a brownie, muesli bar or packet of black rice we fund a Foodbank meal for a needy Australian. Already over 10,000 meals have been donated to Australian families.

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How do we keep count of the meals donated?

The Zambrero POS system is linked to every Zambrero restaurant in Australia and abroad, allowing us to accurately track the sales of all burritos, bowls, and retail items. A real-time counter is made publicly available in all Zambrero restaurants as well as through our websites.

Why does Rise Against Hunger and Zambrero focus on school feeding programs?

Providing a 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, the first step in breaking the poverty cycle. Education is a major way to improve the quality of life in disadvantaged communities, whether it be in maternal health, childhood mortality, gender equality or combating HIV/AIDS.

What’s in a Rise Against Hunger meal pack?

A meal pack is a highly nutritious combination of dehydrated rice, soy and vegetables fortified with 23 essential vitamins and minerals.

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How does Stop Hunger Now determine where to deliver meals?

Rise Against Hunger works with in-country partners who submit food requests for assessment based on the following criteria: need, type of distribution program, size of program, sustainability of program, 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 Rise Against Hunger food out of the general market.

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