ORLANDO, Fla. (July 8, 2013) ? Tijuana Flats and its 501c3 charitable organization, the Just in Queso Foundation, have implemented a care package program aiming to provide basic essentials to our active on-duty military. Delivered on a monthly basis, these care packages will be specifically sent to platoons deployed in combat zones.
?In an effort to include employee participation,? said Just in Queso President Dede Franklin, ?each package will include a personal letter of gratification from a participating Tijuana Flats employee.?
Alongside these letters, each package will carry basic items such as peanut butter, tuna, crackers, and wet wipes, as well as Tijuana Flats? famous ?Smack My Ass? hot sauces or Just In Queso?s new ?Sauce that Saves,? a military inspired Tijuana Flats t-shirt, various toiletries and phone cards.
To date, Tijuna Flats has mailed 300 care packages totaling $6,714 in value to soldiers overseas; both through a direct partnership with the Currahee Brigade stationed in Afghanistan and by way of the Greater Jacksonville USO. Just In Queso will begin partnering with more local USO branches as well as other brigades stationed in combat zones to continue sending packages through the end of the year.
This care package program was developed and implemented by Aaron Waldron, one of the first participants in the Chet?s Working Warriors Fellowship program? Tijuana Flats? effort to educate and teach basic business skills to military veterans in order to prepare them for an entry-level professional position.
To find out more about Chester?s Working Warriors Fellowship and other veteran benefits call the Orlando Vet Center at 407-857-2800 and ask for an appointment with a counselor.
To learn more about Tijuana Flats and the Just in Queso Foundation, visit TijuanaFlats.com and JustInQueso.org.
About the Tijuana Flats Just in Queso Foundation? & Charitable Initiatives
Tijuana Flats? Just in Queso Foundation provides aid to individuals, communities and organizations in need. With the Just in Queso Foundation, Tijuana Flats is able to have support funds waiting ?just in case? a tragedy strikes and people are left in need, including everything from rebuilding areas devastated by natural disasters to providing monetary support for other non-profit charities, families and individuals when they need it most.
The Just in Queso Foundation provides financial support primarily through the in-store and online sales of the Just in Queso charity hot sauce, as well as the restaurant?s special-edition holiday ?Smack My Ass and Call Me Santa? hot sauce. Each year, the Just In Queso Foundation selects a non-profit organization to support with this initiative, to which all proceeds from the hot sauce sales are donated.
For more information, visit www.justinqueso.org.
About Tijuana Flats
Established in 1995 in Winter Park, Fla., Tijuana Flats is a unique, fast-casual Tex-Mex dining experience featuring superior guest service and fresh, made-to-order food. Tijuana Flats has more than 90 locations in Florida, Indiana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The restaurants are typically found in high-traffic areas and average 2,200 square feet.
Since the restaurant first opened its doors in 1995, Tijuana Flats has used zero trans-fatty acids (TFA) cooking oils, 100 percent hormone free, white meat chicken, fresh produce and all of its menu items have been lard free. Customers can choose from flour or whole-wheat tortillas for any of their tacos, burritos, quesadillas, chimichangas and flautas. This restaurant also has a popular ?Power Lite? selection, which allows customers to choose low-fat cheese and fat-free sour cream in any menu item. There is no charge for selecting a whole-wheat tortilla or Power Lite.
Known worldwide for their own brand of hot sauces, Tijuana Flats Hot Foods Inc., a separate company, provides the restaurants? specialty products, hot sauces and condiments, including one of the hottest sauces in the world, Smack My Ass and Call Me Sally??Going Postal.? For more information about Tijuana Flats, including menu and locations, visit www.tijuanaflats.com
About Orlando Vet Center
The Orlando Vet Center, located at 5575 South Semoran Blvd. Suite 30 in Orlando, welcomes home war veterans with honor, by providing quality re-adjustment counseling in a caring manner. The Orlando Vet Center understands and appreciates veterans’ war experiences, while assisting them and their family members toward a successful post-war adjustment in or near their community. For more information call 407-857-2800 or visit www.vetcenter.va.gov.