IF anyone was looking for an excuse to eat some Mexican, tomorrow is the perfect time to drop into Zambrero's in Griffith Street, Coolangatta, for Plate4Plate Day.

For every bowl or burrito meal they sell, a meal will be donated to a child in need.

Organisers hope to be able to provide 100,000 meals to Nicaraguan orphans through local churches, schools, orphanages and designated centres.

Coolangatta Zambrero's Reani Stevenson is looking forward to raising funds again for this year's fundraisers.

"Hopefully it will be busy tomorrow. We will be donating $2.00 per meal this year when customers purchase a burrito or bowl, which is at a higher donation volume than regular days," Mrs Stevenson said.

"But every meal you buy from Zambrero's any day of the year results in a much-needed meal for someone in need.

"Plate4Plate Day is also a celebration for us as a whole; we've donated two million plates of food since the program began."

Zambrero's founder, entrepreneur, medical doctor, and philanthropist Dr Sam Prince formed the franchise and humanitarian organization in 2005 while studying medicine.

"Nicaragua is the poorest country in Central America. Forty-two per cent of the population live below the poverty line , child homelessness and abandonment are major issues, and the World Bank estimates that between eight to 12 per cent of all children in Nicaragua live or work on the streets," Mr Prince said.

"A donation of 100,000 meals will mean 2500 children will receive a meal everyday for 40 days and it's something we hope our customers will feel proud of."



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