Plating Change

Plating Change

Trio’s is proud to be a Plating Change partner. We’ve committed to producing 3,500 meals to help fight hunger and food insecurity in our city. And, with your help, we know we can do more!

How does this program work? What does it mean to “fight food insecurity?” Well, many generous people joined forces with Marcus Lemonis and his Lemon-AID Foundation to address the ongoing problem of hunger and access to nutritious meals–especially during the pandemic. Those who are experiencing homelessness, are out of work, are home-bound or elderly and unable to shop or cook for themselves, struggling families, students… these are just some of the groups that face food insecurity.

Donations to the Lemon-AID Foundation allow the Foundation  to purchase large blocks of specially-prepared meals from partnered restaurants that will then be delivered to organizations that distribute them. You can be assured that all the meals get into the hands of folks who truly need a meal. Our Plating Change program was funded by a generous donation from North Little Rock native Mary Steenbergen and her husband Ted Danson. We’re so grateful to them for their generosity to Mary’s home state!

The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance worked closely with three local restaurants (Trio’s, Doe’s Eat Place, Lindsey’s BBQ and Hospitality House) to build a schedule of meal deliveries to make sure the proper quantities get to the locations that most need them. Some of our recipient organizations are Jericho Way Day Resource Center, From His Throne Ministries, Buffington Towers Apartments, and Philander Smith College. At the same time, this program provides a stream of work and income for struggling restaurants during these challenging times.

Link to the full story:
Marcus Lemonis’s Lemon-AID Foundation and the start of Plating Change



Your purchase of a $10 special meal adds to our tally for a future meal delivery. Once we have accumulated 200 orders those meals will be prepared and delivered to one of our community meal recipient partners. You may order the meal two ways:

From this page, click on the ORDER ONLINE button and select the Plating Change meal.  Check out as you normally would if you were ordering for yourself. Come to think of it… you can order food for yourself at the same time! You’ll have to pick-up that food ; ) We’ll simply add your Plating Change Meal to our growing tally. You’ll be notified when your meal is delivered using the email you provide during checkout. We’re closed on Sundays so Online Ordering is closed on that day as well.

If you’d rather call the restaurant to order, we’d be happy to take your phone order for a Plating Change meal.

There is no limit to the number of meals you can purchase!

volunteer opportunity:  DELIVER MEALS

We’re using (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming SignUps.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on PLATING CHANGE MEAL DELIVERY
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on

Note: does not share your email address with anyone except the organizer of the specific SignUp you’re on. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact us and we can sign you up manually.

Click here for a message from Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson

This link will open a new tab to view an Instagram post from the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance.