current Charitable Donations

In March of 2019 we began Take Action Tuesday at Detroit Street Filling Station. Our current recipient of #TAT funds is Al Otro Lado.

Al Otro Lado, or The Other Side, is a non-profit organization that provides direct legal assistance to indigent refugees in Tijuana and aids in family reunification.

Al Otro Lado also:
• Defends human rights of asylum-seekers in Tijuana.
• Provides free immigration legal services to low-income individuals.
• Helps members of separated families with social, legal, medical, housing, and mental health services
• Provides deportees with information on how to obtain identity documents, educational equivalence, and health coverage in Mexico.
plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit challenging CBP’s unlawful practice of denying asylum seekers access to the U.S. asylum system.

Learn more about Al Otro Lado's work!  Visit today.

PAST Charitable Donations

In January 2016, The Lunch Room began its "10% for the Community" program by donating to local nonprofits 10% of sales on Saturday nights at the restaurant. We later added 10% of sales all day Tuesdays at The Lunch Room Bakery & Cafe. This program continued through the summer of 2017. At that time, we began thinking about ways to make our giving more targeted and more impactful. We decided that we wanted to focus on helping young people getting out of prison to get back on their feet. 

In June 2017 The Lunch Room teamed up with local prisoner rights attorneys and advocates to start a nonprofit called Youth Justice Fund.

The mission of the Youth Justice Fund (YJF) is to assist returning citizens, sentenced as youth to a term of imprisonment, with services and resources necessary to ensure human dignity and full participation in their communities. 

YJF helps provide formerly incarcerated persons, some locked up as young as 14 years old and many of whom are still young, with housing, clothing, transportation, job placement, mental health services, and the like.

Recovery is good business

Watch the video below and learn more here.

Ongoing Support

Since our days as a food cart, we have supported the following organizations with monetary and in-kind contributions.

  • Corner Health Center

  • Flint Child Heath & Development Fund

  • Dawn Farm Addiction Treatment Center

  • Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan

  • Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan

  • Ann Arbor Film Festival

  • FestiFools

  • Food Gatherers

  • Girls on the Run

  • Hope Dental Clinic

  • Holiday Cheer Gift Fund

  • UNIFIED – HIV Health & Beyond

  • SafeHouse Center

  • Freedom House

  • Ozone House

  • 826 Michigan

  • Ann Arbor Housing Development Corporation

  • Neutral Zone

  • Unified HIV Health & Beyond

  • Growing Hope

  • Local Food Summit

  • Michigan Ability Partners

  • WCBN