Restaurant’s fundraising effort, social media campaign continues through July 31st
At the mid-point of its 10th anniversary celebration, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop is ahead of pace in its ambitious goal to provide 750,000 meals for hungry kids. Thanks to the generosity of its guests and a few special twists cooked up by the wildly popular chain, the restaurant is poised to put a major dent in childhood hunger.
On Monday, July 1st, Fuzzy’s launched a month-long campaign in support of Share Our Strength’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry campaign. Customers at more than 65 participating restaurants nationwide are being invited to make a $1.00 donation to feed hungry kids. In return, Fuzzy’s provides a bounce-back voucher good for one free taco on the customer’s next visit.
In addition, the fun-loving restaurant is encouraging its social media followers to create short, Fuzzy’s-themed Vine videos. For every video uploaded to the Vine app or to Twitter with the hashtag #fuzzys4nokidhungry, Fuzzy’s is donating 10 meals to the No Kid Hungry campaign.
The overall goal of the 10th Anniversary campaign is to contribute $75,000 to the charity. Through the first half of July, nearly $50,000 has been raised from guests and the social media campaign. Seven Fuzzy’s locations have already collected more than $1,000 each from customer donations.
Thanks to the strength of the No Kid Hungry network, every $1.00 donated equals 10 meals for hungry kids. This is the first year Fuzzy’s has supported the campaign, which is organized by Share Our Strength, a national not-for-profit organization that works to ensure that no child in America grows up hungry.
“We love to have fun at Fuzzy’s, but we also wanted to mark our anniversary by giving back to the communities that have embraced us so warmly over the last decade,” said Chuck Bush, chief executive of Fuzzy’s Taco Shop. “We strongly support the exceptional work being done by Share Our Strength because we believe it’s a travesty that any child in America would not know where his or her next meal is coming from. With our customers’ help, we’re on pace to provide more than 750,000 meals for these kids. That’s pretty exciting.”
Known for its generous helpings of uniquely flavorful Baja-style Mexican fare, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop has become an overnight sensation in the restaurant industry. Fuzzy’s menu features its original take on the Baja taco, which is often referred to as “addictive” thanks to the garlic sauce and feta cheese that makes it so distinctive. The restaurant also serves a wide array of handmade enchiladas, jumbo salads, nachos, burritos and its signature chips and queso. Fuzzy’s is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and most locations offer a generous selection of beer, wine, margaritas and other specialty drinks.
With a knowing nod to Fuzzy’s Fanatics everywhere, the restaurant also rolled out a silver 10th Anniversary Souvenir Cup in July, paying homage to the iconic cups that have become synonymous with the brand. As with its regular souvenir cups, the limited-edition silver cups may be brought back to any Fuzzy’s for a $0.99 refill; but the collector’s edition will only be available in-store this month.
“Ten years ago, when my father Alan and I purchased Fuzzy’s, we made a promise: To focus our full attention on promptly and efficiently providing ourguests with generous helpings of uniquely flavorful foods at a fair price,” said Bush. “We’ve done our best to keep that promise every day since, so we’re thanking our customers for sticking with us for 10 great years, and hopefully for many many more to come!”
Founded near the TCU campus in Fort Worth, the original Fuzzy’s Taco Shop was purchased by Alan and Chuck Bush after just two years of operation. The father-son combination with a collective 20 years of restaurant industry experience initially took a slow, hands-on approach to running the business. They insisted on adhering to the Fuzzy’s promise: “To focus our full attention on promptly and efficiently providing our guests with generous helpings of uniquely flavorful foods at a fair price.” That promise remains central to the chain’s success today as Fuzzy’s expands across the country.
Fuzzy’s corporate-owned and franchise locations are now serving fresh, handmade Baja-style Mexican food in more than 65 stores across 11 states, with many more on the way. For more information, visit www.fuzzystacoshop.com.
No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals and teaches low-income families to cook healthy, affordable meals through Cooking Matters. This work is accomplished through the No Kid Hungry network, made up of private citizens, public officials, nonprofits, business leaders and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.