Meals of Hope Brings New Unique Franchise Opportunities
Meals of Hope Is A Unique Franchise Opportunity
When people think of unique franchise opportunities, fast food restaurants, big box retailers, and hotel chains generally come to mind. If you were to explain that some franchises can also be community-service focused, you’d probably get a blank stare. That’s because very few franchises are founded on the principle of giving back – which is why the model at Meals of Hope is completely different from what the franchise world has ever seen before.
In fact, Meals of Hope never set out to be a franchise. However, it became abundantly clear its services were in high demand to help address the hunger crisis and help communities become food secure. Founded as a nonprofit in 2007, Meals of Hope hosted its first meal-packing event to send food to Haiti. On the first day, more than 500 people showed up to pack 135,000-plus meals. Recognizing the immediate success and huge impact of this model, Meals of Hope converted into a franchise system in 2019 to have the greatest reach possible.
Meals of Hope now offers an incredibly unique business model that offers all the benefits of a franchise system, while at the same time, providing a meaningful service to communities that our franchisees can be proud of. This isn’t a run of the mill franchise pushing the same old products or fast food options. Meals of Hope is addressing one of the largest humanitarian issues of our time in the hunger crisis in a revolutionary way: by using the power of the franchise system.
Why Franchise With Meals of Hope?
While it’s true Meals of Hope franchisees know they are making a meaningful impact in providing a critical service to their communities, franchising with us also offers a lucrative career opportunity. For starters, we want our franchise owners to have unlimited scalability, build a business with tremendous profit potential, and make the biggest impact possible. That’s why we offer only a limited number of territories in the US – 64, in fact. By keeping territories large, franchise owners can pull from a greater number of organizations and people to sponsor meal-packing events.
It’s also an incredibly advantageous time to invest in Meals of Hope. As a budding franchise concept, potential franchise owners get in on the ground floor of a brand that is upending the franchise system. And with fewer franchisees, our current owners have more access to support platforms. From how to win customers, run events, market effectively, and professional development, we train our franchise owners to be leaders in their community and excel in their business operations.
That’s not to mention the relatively low cost of starting a Meals of Hope franchise, and the huge profit-potential. Meals of Hope was founded with one goal in mind: to make a difference. Which is why we’ve kept the costs of ownership low to help attract as many entrepreneurs as possible to join in on this mission. As a result, initial investment costs run as low as $61,050 to $71,925. Our business model is designed to keep operating costs low, with no need for office space, employees, or inventory. Once up and running, franchise owners get paid a percentage for every meal packed at their events. With events packing anywhere from 10,000 to more than 1 million meals, the profit potential has no ceiling!
Demand For Meal Packing
No matter what happens in the world, volunteering never goes out of style. Serving your community builds important and meaningful connections, enhances self-esteem and confidence, and gives people a deeper sense of purpose (and not to mention, looks great on a resume). When people volunteer for a few hours, they can forget about their own problems and realize how blessed they are. Looking beyond one’s own issues makes the world a bigger place, and helps you realize people suffer from bigger problems. When a person dedicates their time to a cause, they are doing their small part to help.
Around 63 million Americans volunteer every year, racking up nearly 7 billion hours. What’s the top cause people are drawn to? According to industry studies, 15% of Americans say they support homelessness and hunger causes, by far the largest segment in volunteer categories. Because of the incredibly high demand of people wanting to help address hunger, over the last 15 years, Meals of Hope has shipped more than 80 million meals to those in need. Our meal packing events can prepare anywhere from 10,000 to 1 million meals to be disturbed. Truly, we’re just getting started.
Volunteerism isn’t a normal industry like other franchises, and we’re proud of it. Our franchise owners are committed to making a real, lasting impact on the lives of others, while at the same time, bringing in strong personal and financial rewards. Our franchise owners regularly boast of the benefits of Meals of Hope – its flexibility, healthy work-life balance, and potential for profits. Through it all, franchisees, volunteers and community members are all working to make the world a better place.
Do People Like Meal Packing?
Meal-packing events are a fun and interactive way to help people in need. More than ever, school groups, religious organizations, corporations, and other organizations are looking for fun and meaningful ways to give back to their communities, and meal-packing events check all the boxes.
Sponsors of an event pick a location, choose a date, organize volunteers, and then raise money. Meals of Hope takes it from there. Our team helps with the set up, trains volunteers, runs the event, and cleans up at the end. Sponsors also have the option to pick what meals they pack and, ultimately, where the meals are distributed to those in need. Our events are an incredible way for community members to come together — no matter age or skill level – with a common goal, and have fun doing it.
“Anytime we can partner with an organization that is willing to put the needs of others on their back, we’re more than willing to do that, and that’s the thing that gives us joy,” James Henderson, Associate Pastor for Celebration Community Beach Church, said. “There’s synergy in partnering with people who see the world as we see it. If we can help give, then we’re doing what we’re supposed to do.”
Own A Meals of Hope Franchise Today!
Aspiring entrepreneurs won’t find anything quite like Meals of Hope. We’ve taken all the best parts of the franchise system and directed our efforts not at selling luxury products or services, but in providing a huge need for communities in helping with the hunger crisis. If you’re looking for a business with its heart in the right place, Meals of Hope may be for you. To learn more, start with our research pages here. If you’re ready to start a conversation with our franchise team, fill out our form here. We’ll be in touch with a copy of our Franchise Information Report.