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May 22, 2013

May 22, 2013

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Salsarita’s Fresh Mexican Cantina invites the public to a “Burrito Benefit” supporting the Volunteer Ministry Center (VMC) at its new Cedar Bluff location in front of Academy Sports on Tuesday, May 28, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Salsarita’s Cedar Bluff will donate 100 percent of burrito sales to VMC to support programs that serve Knoxville’s homeless population.

“Salsarita’s invests in each community it serves, and we continue to look for new ways to give back and improve the areas that support us,” said H.P. Patel, Salsarita’s Knoxville franchise owner. “Hospitality is a core value at Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina, and through donation days and volunteer efforts, we hope to help families overcome homelessness.”

Through a program called “Caring Cantina,” Salsarita’s franchises across the country donate time, food and resources to local nonprofit organizations dedicated to addressing homelessness in their communities.

Funds raised from the Burrito Benefit will go to VMC’s Refuge Center program, which provides utility and rental assistance, co-payments for medical prescriptions, and housing assistance to the homeless and near-homeless in Knoxville.

“VMC greatly appreciates Salsarita’s help in raising funds for our ministry,” said Ginny Weatherstone, CEO of Volunteer Ministry Center. “I hope that everyone will join us at the new Salsarita’s in Cedar Bluff to for a great burrito for a great cause.”

The Volunteer Ministry Center works to prevent and end homeless in our community. Many young families at risk of losing their housing have found direction and new hope at VMC. The ministry helps homeless people who want to work their way out of homelessness to achieve a dignified place of their own. In the United States, approximately 3.5 million people will experience homelessness this year, and of that number, 1.6 million are children.
For more information about VMC’s programs, visit

About Salsarita’s Fresh Mexican Cantina

Founded in 2000 in Charlotte, N.C., Salsarita’s offers Mexican favorites such as signature Casaritos®, Mexican pizza-inspired Cantizzas®, and an assortment of tacos, quesadillas and nachos made fresh to order with an extensive selection of proteins, toppings and fillings, as well as six flavorful house-made salsas. The franchise has more than 80 locations in 19 states, including seven that are company-owned. Salsarita’s expects to have at least 10 new restaurants operating and 4-6 franchise agreements signed before the end of 2013, with long-range projections calling for over 300 locations nationwide over the next several years. For more information, visit