Wienerschnitzel, Home of America’s Favorite Hot Dog, teamed up with Skate For Change, a nonprofit that encourages youth to give back to the lesser fortunate in their communities, for its second annual Hot Dogs for Homeless tour. Beginning March 25, a Wienerschnitzel-wrapped RV, aptly named the “Wienerbago,” will visit cities with heavy homeless populations to lift spirits and provide hot meals. This year’s tour is expected to be even more successful than last year’s, which raised a total of $200,000 for Skate For Change including Wienerschnitzel’s $100,000 donation match.
“We’re excited to keep the positive energy going, while breaking records and making even more of an impact with this year’s Hot Dogs for Homeless tour,” says J.R. Galardi, director of administration for Galardi Group concepts and son of company founder. “The sole purpose of this collaboration between Wienerschnitzel and Skate For Change is to create a positive ripple effect in the communities we visit. Our success is measured by the number of people we impact, whether it’s providing a meal to those who need it most, or sparking interest to make real change in the youth we meet along the way.”
Along with Galardi, a key personality on the tour is Mike Smith, youth motivational speaker and founder of Skate For Change, who has spoken to over 1 million students. At each destination, the team will serve Wienerschnitzel hot dogs and provide socks, hats, warm clothes, hygiene kits, and other necessities to those who need it most.
In addition to feeding the homeless, the “Wienerbago” will stop at high schools along the way to support Smith’s motivational speaking engagements with the goal to inspire students to become more involved in their communities. The Hot Dogs for Homeless crew will participate on panels to communicate the importance of helping those less fortunate and building a legacy. While on campus, Wienerschnitzel will grill hot dogs and give away merchandise, encouraging students to join them out in the community to witness firsthand the power of giving back. Students also have the opportunity to donate to the cause with all proceeds, along with a matched contribution from Wienerschnitzel, supporting the global expansion of Skate For Change.
“I am proud of what we accomplished during last year’s tour, and I’m confident we’ll have the opportunity to touch more lives on this second annual journey,” Smith says. “Wienerschnitzel’s unique level of support for our organization is mind-blowing, and the time and resources they provide is far beyond anything I’ve ever seen. I am honored that Skate For Change has the support of a company that is just as committed as we are to making the world a better place.”
The tour will be documented by a professional photographer and videographer to capture the brightened days, motivated youth, and moments of hope the Hot Dogs for Homeless efforts will bring to communities.
Read more about Hot Dogs for Homeless and the 'Wienerbago.'