Lemon-AID Foundation

“There is a passion to ensure that small businesses feel supported & people in need have a meal.”

-Marcus Lemonis

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Giving Back To Small Businesses

Eager to find a way to help those who are food insecure while at the same time supporting local restaurants across the country, Marcus Lemonis is proud to kickstart the “The Plating Change” program with a $1 million donation through the Lemon-AID Foundation. Working together with GrubHub, the leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery marketplace, and some of Marcus’ closest celebrity friends, Americans across the country will have the chance to get involved and support their local restaurants.

Grubhub members can take part while ordering in by opting-in to Grubhub’s Donate the Change, rounding up their order total, and donating the difference to World Central Kitchen in support of their Restaurants for the People program. This incredible program not only helps independent restaurants by purchasing meals and driving direct revenue but also employees of the business itself and the entire food ecosystem, all while also providing meals for communities in need.

The Lemon-AID Foundation will jumpstart this program with a $500,000 donation to help World Central Kitchen and Grubhub take immediate action in New York City, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, and Philadelphia, bringing food to those who need it most.

For members of the Grubhub+ membership program, Grubhub will also match all eligible Donate the Change donations, as well as donating an additional $100K to World Central Kitchen through their Sound Bites concert series.

Join Marcus in Giving Back

By going to wck.org/platingchange, people across the country can donate to World Central Kitchen in support of the program, whether it’s a single meal (value of $10) or more.


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About Plating Change

The “Plating Change” program falls under the newly launched The Lemon-Aid Foundation where Marcus pledged $50M to champion his charitable mission of supporting and investing in underserved communities and small businesses. These investments will be in the form of loans and equity investments and will be designed to have a measurable charitable impact on the communities and businesses being served by the foundation. The foundation also intends to make grants to other charitable organizations that share the same mission and goals. Lemonis intends to apply the same type of rigor that he applies in his own investments to the impact investing of the foundation.

5 Step “How To” Guide

Download the official “How To” guide below for detailed information on our mission and process. This document will walk you through each step of execution, providing helpful tips from collecting donations, training, community outreach and more!

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Marcus Lemonis with Tamron Hall

Marcus joins the Tamron Hall show to discuss Plating Change and the fight against food insecurity across the country. Watch as they surprise No Limits Cafe with a special gift.

Plating Change at Sanguich of Miami

Marcus Lemonis and Alex Rodgriguez drop by Sanguich De Miami and help the popular small business battle food insecurity in their local community. See what happens when they step up to the plate and accept the Plating Change challenge.

Plating Change at Taquerias el Mexicano

Alex Rodriguez and Marcus Lemonis travel to the heart of Little Havana and stop by Taquerias el Mexicano to learn more about the tastiest Mexican food in Miami. See how they get involved to help battle food insecurity with Plating Change.

Mr. Catfish

Marcus Lemonis is joined by his friend Matthew McConaughey to discuss the fight against food insecurity across America. Watch as they chat with the owners of Mr. Catfish and surprise them with a gift from Plating Change.

Collin’s Seafood and Grill

Marcus Lemonis chats with the owner of Collin’s Seafood and Grill to discuss life after the pandemic. See how this small business is getting involved to feed their local community and battle food insecurity across the country with Plating Change. 

Eddie’s Chesapeake Bay Crab House

See what happens when the owners of Eddie’s Chesapeake Bay Crab House chat with Marcus Lemonis about the current economy of the restaurant business. Find out how they are getting involved with Plating Change to feed those in need in their hometown.

Emma’s Torch

Marcus Lemonis and Amy Schumer of Emma’s Torch in New York get together to discuss the state of her small business post-pandemic. See how Marcus and Emma work together with Plating Change to make a difference in her hometown while battling food insecurity along the way. 


The owners of Kismet join Marcus for a chat on his Instagram Live to discuss their restaurant operations post COVID. See how this small business steps up to the plate to battle food insecurity and help those in their local community with Plating Change. 

Marcy Jo’s Mealhouse and Bakery

See what happens when Marcus Lemonis and John Rich reach out to the owners of Marcy Jo’s to discuss the current state of their small business. Watch as they step up to the plate to join the fight with Plating Change in their local community. 

Taylor Grocery

See what happens when Marcus Lemonis and Brett Young are joined by the owners of Taylor Grocery in Oxford, Mississippi. See how this wonderful small business is joining the fight against food insecurity and helping those in need with Plating Change.

Deuki Hong - Sunday Family

Deuki Hong, chef of the Sunday Group in San Francisco, joins Marcus Lemonis. Watch as they discuss his culinary journey and his current small business. See how they are uniting with Plating Change to battle food insecurity in their local community.

Welty's Deli

For 15 years, Welty’s Deli has been serving some of the best comfort food in New Orleans. Watch as Marcus speaks with the owner of this fantastic small business and how they’re getting involved to fight food insecurity in their hometown with Plating Change.


Marcus Challenges Dave Portnoy To Join The Fight

Watch as Marcus Lemonis challenges Dave Portnoy of Barstool Sports to help out the restaurant community in New York. See how they will work together to battle food insecurity with Plating Change.
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See what happens when Marcus speaks with Jamie Johnson of Basic Breakfast in San Diego, California. See how this amazing small business joins the fight against food insecurity with Plating Change. 

Chef's Brigade

Learn all about Chef’s Brigade and see how this incredible organization is feeding first responders throughout the pandemic. See what happens when Marcus and Troy Bridges of Chef’s Brigade unite to discuss the battle of food insecurity in their neighborhood and their involvement with Plating Change.