Monday, November 18, 2013

Press Release: Fresno's M.E.A.L. Project

Fresno's MEAL - Meals Engaging All Lives

Central Valley Youth advocate aims to feed homeless with the community through Fresno’s M.E.A.L.


Fresno, CA- November 14, 2013- Fresno’s M.E.A.L. (Meals Engaging All Lives) is the newest community organizing effort of advocate Justin Kamimoto. The mission of Fresno’s M.E.A.L. is to feed 100 homeless individuals throughout Downtown Fresno, the Tower District, and Woodward Park on November 23, 2013.


The concept of Fresno’s M.E.A.L. is based on a simple thought: with the community, for the community. Started as an event on Kamimoto’s Facebook page to encourage friends and family to give back during the holidays, the idea quickly grew and more people joined in to feed people to what is now known as Fresno’s M.E.A.L.


Beginning at 9am on November 23rd, Kamimoto will be opening up his family home, in Northeast Clovis, to begin cooking and preparing meals with volunteers. Meal items being served are: turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, corn, rolls, cranberry sauce and a holiday dessert. In addition to the holiday meal, care packages containing items such as shampoos, conditioners, bar soaps, non-perishable snacks and a water bottle will also be given out. After meals and care packages are prepared, volunteers will travel together in cars, as groups, to our three target areas. Items will be distributed directly to individuals who need a meal.


“I feel this community effort is extremely important, not just for the people who are on the receiving end, but for the individuals who take a role in making the community they live in stronger,” said Barbara Beauchamp, Executive Director at Palm Village Senior Network. “People who give to the community tend to develop a deeper connection and sense of belonging of pride and ownership in areas they live in.”


Fresno’s M.E.A.L. is composed of many individual community donors who are giving via an online Square Market in increments of $10-$50. Local businesses such as the Painted Table, Caroline’s Creations, TownePlace Suites Fresno, and the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Clovis are also donating product towards Fresno’s M.E.A.L in a variety of ways.


For more information, please contact Justin Kamimoto at 408.857.3524 or justinkamimoto@gmail.com or visit www.fresnosmeal.com.


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Fresno’s M.E.A.L. (Meals Engaging All Lives) is a grass-root effort to raise awareness about homelessness in Fresno. Census data shows that 23.4% of Fresno County lives under the poverty line. Through community cooking, meal preparation and distribution, Fresno’s M.E.A.L. brings together people for a cause that directly impacts the lives of others.

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