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This Mom Has Gone Viral For Making and Passing Out Hundreds of Tortas to Mexico’s Impoverished Citizens Every Week

Moms are truly our greatest allies. They’re the people who we go to first when we’re in trouble. They’re the ones who always have the best advice and the warmest love. It’s not just their own children they offer this maternal affection to. Think about all the tias, abuelas and other women in your life who have in some way ⁠— big or small ⁠— given you kindness and support when it’s really mattered. It’s those women we talk about when we extol the virtues of maternal nature. That considerate giving of oneself is what we can always depend on from these women. 

An especially valid example of this is the weekly service one mother performs for the hungry and impoverished in her local community. 

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Earlier this month, Twitter user Beatriz (@guera_trizz) shared a video of her mother passing out sandwiches and tortas to long lines of calmly waiting people in her Mexican neighborhood. In the caption, Beatriz explained that her mother assembles and serves hundreds of sandwiches to the hungry every week. Her mother, Joy, makes the sandwiches herself with her own funds and labor ⁠— asking for nothing in return for this good deed. Instead, every week, she does what mothers do best: she feeds those who are not always able to feed themselves. 

On Twitter, responses to Joy and her torta philanthropy were extremely supportive and Twitter users began asking how they could help her efforts. 

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Expressing their appreciation for Joy, many tweets suggested that a GoFundMe or some other donation system be set up in effort to contribute funds to her weekly sandwich offerings. Soon after these responses began to come in, Beatriz set up a GoFundMe in her mother’s honor. In the week that it has been active, Joy’s sandwich fund has raised more than $2,100 thanks to nearly 180 contributors. That’s a whole lot of tortas for a lot of hungry people!

Others on Twitter were quick to praise Joy and thank her for being a good role model and such a giving force in her community.

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Many responses to Beatriz’s initial tweet called Joy “an angel,” “a blessing” and “a queen.” Some Twitter users suggested that people like Joy should always be fully funded in order to carry out their missions while others expressed the hope to one day join in and personally help with this wonderful cause.

One tweet by @SessiStassia suggested other ways that Joy’s fans can help if they are unable to contribute to her fund. 

“For anyone who is not in a position financially to donate to the awesome GoFundMe that’s set up, remember that your local food bank or soup kitchen would love even one afternoon of your time to volunteer. Even if you can donate, consider emulating this angel & her good works.” 

Beatriz also posted a follow-up video of her mom once the initial tweet went viral.

In the short video, Beatriz says to her mother, “Ma, you’re famous; what do you think?” In response, Joy says, “That’s good,” while giving a peace sign and thumbs up. Of course, this video ⁠— along with her charity ⁠—  just made the internet love her even more. 

“She’s so pretty and sweet…I’m obsessed,” one person tweeted while another followed up with, “I’m sorry ma’am. But she is OUR mother now. We are all adopting her and we’re all proud and you’re just gonna have to deal with it!”

Joy’s weekly food donations come at a time when Mexico is feeling some of its most difficult economic pressures. 

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In December of 2019, Mexico’s new president Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) took over as the country’s leader. One of his first acts as president was to cancel the construction of a $13Billion airport that would have benefited the private sector and the economy as a whole. The first leftist president Mexico has seen in its modern era, AMLO has hoped to stabilize the country’s economy by slashing spending. Unfortunately, this has stalled the economy instead. Additionally, the issues that Mexico has had with the repeal of NAFTA has impacted the country’s ability to export to Canada and America ⁠— a business that it greatly depends upon. 

Mexico also has one of the worst class distributions in the developed world. The richest citizens have 14 times as much income as the poorest and food accessibility is a problem. The mass migration of displaced people from Central America has also resulted in more individuals in need of resources like food and shelter. 

It’s people like Joy who are actively helping those who most need it. Let’s take this charitable lesson and apply it to positively impact our own communities. It’s sure to make Mamá Joy proud.

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Mountain Dew Margaritas Are Apparently A Thing At Red Lobster Now?

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Mountain Dew Margaritas Are Apparently A Thing At Red Lobster Now?

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We’ve seen all kinds of takes on the timeless classic that is a Margarita. From frozen Margaritas to ones with cranberry juice and dashes of blue curaçao and twists of basil and ginger beer we’ve literally seen it all. Or so we thought.

Recently, Red Lobster announced that they’re doing a Mountain Dew-take on the beloved and salty tequila cocktail.

Red Lobster’s DEW-Garita promises to set you aglow.

The drink is the first official Mountain Dew cocktail and of course, it is bright lime green. While the cocktail’s recipe is being kept strictly under wraps, like everything at Red Lobster’s, it’s supposed to pair “perfectly” with Red Lobster’s iconic Cheddar Bay Biscuits.

“Red Lobster is thrilled to work with PepsiCo, not only because it has a great portfolio of brands, but specifically because of the food and beverage innovation possibilities,” Nelson Griffin,the Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer at Red Lobster said in a statement about the drink.

Red Lobster’s DEW-Garita is due to debut at Red Lobster locations nationwide in September and by the end of 2020.

The Margarita is an iconic Mexican drink related to a drink called Rhe Daisy.

The classic Tequila sour cocktail is one of the most beloved cocktails in the world. According to Wine Enthusiast “One story claims that the drink was created in 1938, as Mexican restaurant owner Carlos (Danny) Herrera mixed it for gorgeous Ziegfeld showgirl Marjorie King. Supposedly, Tequila was the only alcohol that King would abide, so Herrera added lime juice and salt.”

To make your own classic Margarita check out this recipe below

Ingredients

  • Coarse salt
  • Lime wedge
  • 2 ounces white Tequila
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur
  • 1 ounce lime juice

Directions

Shake out coarse salt on a plate. Wet the rim of a glass by using the lime wedge. Press the rim of the glass in the plate of salt to coat. Add ice to the glass.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the rest of the ingredients. Shake well, and pour into the prepared glass over ice.

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El Pollo Loco Creates Hispanic Heritage Month Grant To Support Latina Small Businesses

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El Pollo Loco Creates Hispanic Heritage Month Grant To Support Latina Small Businesses

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Covid-19 has devastated millions of Americans with job loss. Unemployment skyrocketed as the federal government failed to create and execute a plan to combat the pandemic. El Pollo Loco is stepping up and giving our community a chance to keep business doors open and community members employed.

El Pollo Loco is giving Latina business owners in the greater Los Angeles area a lifeline in these uncertain times.

The Latino community is the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs and business owners in the U.S. According to a Stanford University study, Latino business owners grew 34 percent while every other demographic grew 1 percent over the last ten years.

However, Covid has changed things. Latina-owned business are some of the hardest hit and the sudden loss is impacting our community. According to the Pew Research Center, Latinas experienced a -21 percent change in small business ownership and jobs since the Covid downturn.

El Pollo Loco is offering $100,000 in grants to different Latina-owned businesses because of the pandemic.

The fast food chain has started a GoFundMe to keep the donations going. El Pollo Loco has already pledged $100,000 to help Latina small businesses and the GoFundMe promises to keep the donations flowing. For every $10,000 raised in the GoFundMe, El Pollo Loco will donate it to a Latina small business. The GoFundMe has raised over $100,000 at the time of this post.

#WeAllGrow Latina partnered with El Pollo Loco to give Latina business owners this lifeline.

#WeAllGrow Latina and El Pollo Loco are asking the Latino community to help find Latina small businesses that deserve the grants. Instead of making the decision themselves, #WeAllGrow Latina and El Pollo Loco want you to nominate your favorite Latina small business for the grant.

“This year has been unlike any other, leaving Latina-owned businesses disproportionately impacted,” Bernard Acoca, President and Chief Executive Officer of El Pollo Loco, said in a statement. “Given the critical role brands are expected to play during the pandemic and on the heels of Hispanic Heritage Month, we felt compelled to find a way to support the people and city we call home.”

In order to nominate a business, here is what you have to do.

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Using social media, nominate your favorite LA-based Latina small business and tag @elpolloloco and @weallgrowlatina while using #grantcontest and #FundLatinaFoodJefas. You can nominate the business up to five times.

People are already nominating their favorite food places in LA.

You have until Sept. 15 to nominate your favorite Latina small business. You can help them win $10,000 and mentorship from El Pollo Loco to help Latina business owners in LA keep their doors open. You can learn more here.

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