BAMGAM (Buy A Meal Give A Meal), a local non-profit social movement dedicated to providing support to underprivileged children, joined with local like-minded restaurants on Friday, August 10, to raise money through an event focused on the enjoyment of food. That afternoon, over thirty people of all ages enjoyed sample dishes from four different local restaurants while being transported along the journey in a renovated school bus-turned BAMGAM community crawler.
The “Grub Crawl” was a four-stop adventure through the Huntington Beach and Costa Mesa communities that featured delectable dishes from gourmet restaurants such as Slapfish, Memphis Café, 118 Degrees, and the Taco Asylum. The crawl began and ended at The OC Mart Mix, where attendees could kick up their feet after a long day of indulgence, relax, and enjoy a movie screening or shop through selected products from Kenton Michael Design, a local artist who creates hand crafted leather and silver jewelry which benefits BAMGAM.
By contributing to the charity, attendees were given a signature BAMGAM Grub Crawl shirt and were loaded onto the bus for an afternoon of fun, while simultaneously supporting children in Orange County, Africa, and Australia through partner charities such as The Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, JAM International, Variety—The Children’s Charity, and ACT for Kids.
The “Grub Crawl” was an event that illustrates the idea at the heart of the BAMGAM movement; that through living everyday life and performing routine activities such as eating out, we can support children in need, have a meaningful impact, and drive social change. This unique and innovative way of thinking has the potential to include mass amounts of everyday citizens in changing the world one meal at a time, without inconveniencing them or their wallet.
The next event will be held on September 22 at 12 pm PT, and will be beginning at Slapfish restaurant in Huntington Beach and moving down the Pacific Coast Highway to sample more tasty dishes at The Alley, The Dive Bar (BBQ), and Sol Cocina. For this adventure, London double decker buses will be transporting participants from restaurant to restaurant. To find out more information on the upcoming event, or to buy tickets, go to: http://www.facebook.com/events/218947088231522/ or http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/267622.
Buy A Meal Give A Meal (BAMGAM) is a global movement connecting restaurants, charities, and the community. BAMGAM’s vision is to nourish and support over one million children daily by providing sustainable funding solutions for our aligned charities that help underprivileged children. BAMGAM will do this by aligning the interests of local restaurants, their patrons, and our beneficiary charities. BAMGAM is a registered Australian non-profit based in Brisbane, and operates in the USA under the fiscal sponsorship of OneOc based in Newport Beach, California, and in South Africa via the Leafy Greens Cafe. www.bamgam.org.
About Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County
Founded by the Council of Orange, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the Food Bank began providing food for the hungry in October 1983 in Orange, under the leadership of Dan Harney. In 2007, the Food Bank moved to a new facility in Irvine on the old El Toro Marine Base, more than doubling its capacity to meet the needs of Orange County’s hungry during the most difficult economic times since the Great Depression. In 2012, the Food Bank became an independent 501c3 corporation. Since its founding, the Food Bank has provided more than 272 million pounds of donated and surplus food to local charities. http://feedoc.org/.