LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Marcus Lemonis, best known for his long-running hit show CNBC’s “The Profit”, has challenged Americans to give back to their local restaurants and help those who are food insecure throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lemonis launched the “Plating Change” program through the Lemon-Aid Foundation with a $1 million donation and is working together with some of his closest celebrity friends to get involved and support their local restaurants.
Through this program, Lemonis assisted Doe’s Eat Place and Trio’s Restaurant with $35,000 each and Lindsey’s BBQ in Little Rock with $40,000 to feed community members in need.
These restaurants were selected because of the connection to Lemonis’ celebrity friends, Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen, who mentioned the restaurant was important to them and a staple in the community.
Lemonis then surprised the owners on a virtual call with the celebrity friends letting them know the great news about the large order.
The restaurants will be partnering with local organizations in the community to fulfill this order, including:
- Jericho Way Resource Center Buffington Towers
- Philander Smith College Canvas Community Church
- From His Throne Gaines House
- Phoenix House St. Francis House
- Stewpot Southwest Little Rock Community Center
- OakView & Maple Place Hickory View
- Hillside Pointe Homes at Pine Crossing
- Eighth Street Missionary Baptist Church Park Hill Christian Church
- Friendly Chapel Church of the Nazarene The Worship Center
“My goal is to keep Main Street USA alive and well during the economic troubles that COVID-19 has brought to our small business owners,” said Lemonis. “I also want to thank the restaurants and staff that have unselfishly supported this initiative to feed our most vulnerable community members.”
Trios is looking for volunteers to help each restaurant deliver the meals to the location throughout the next month. The restaurant also hopes to keep the program going once the money runs out. If you would like to volunteer or donate, click here.
In October 2020, Lemonis established the Lemon-AID Foundation with a $50 million pledge aimed at providing greater opportunities for small businesses and underserved communities. Since the inception, close to $2 million dollars has been deployed.
Additionally, by going to the World Central Kitchen website, people across the country can donate to World Central Kitchen in support of the program, whether it’s a single meal (value of $10) or more.