Steal a Taco. Feed the Homeless.

If you tuned in to watch the World Series this year, you no doubt heard about Taco Bell’s Steal a Base. Steal a Taco. campaign. According to the promotion, everyone in America would get a free Seasoned Beef Crunchy Taco if a base was stolen by any player during the 2007 World Series. Well, thanks to Red Sox rookie center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury we all get to “steal a taco” tomorrow!

I’m making an appeal for like-hearted individuals to take this promotion a step further. Let’s steal a taco to feed the homeless!

If you live in an urban community like I do, you no doubt run across numerous homeless people on a daily basis. Maybe you pass by a few on your daily commute to work. Maybe you know of a street corner or park in your city where they tend congregate. Why not take advantage of Taco Bell’s free taco offer and use it as an opportunity to bless those in need of a meal?

Get the whole office in on the action and pool your free tacos. Stop at each nearby location on your way home form work. Map out your route and make it a family scavenger hunt to gather up as many free tacos as you can. Then seek out the homeless in your community and donate your plunder!

Steal a Taco. Feed the Homeless. Let’s use this opportunity to bless others. Spread the word!

Think outside the buzz…

Update: Whoa. It would appear that this little post has caught some media attention. A link to it appears on the Arts & Entertainment section of the Boston Globe’s website. My hits have subsequently gone through the atmosphere! Welcome visitors!

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36 thoughts on “Steal a Taco. Feed the Homeless.

  1. You and your crazy liberal ideas of feeding the poor… man, you’re such a democrat. And you call yourself a Christian?

    I love you man, you challenge me and stretch me regularly…

  2. Canโ€™t the homeless walk in and get one themselves too?

    That’s actually what set me on this train of thought…

    I’ve often said that if I ever found myself homeless I could live on Taco Bell for like $2 a day. (We feed the three of us to full for under $5 when we need to go ghetto.)

    I was saying to my wife that it was cool that for one day anyone who was homeless could get some hot food. But in talking about it more, we both kind of realized that the vast majority of homeless people probably wouldn’t know about the promotion. It’s not like they watched the World Series on television, or are a part of the blogosphere or anything.

    Then I also noticed that in the small print on the promotion’s website, it states that a store manager can refuse to honor the promotion if s/he believes you may have already claimed your free taco. It made me wonder how many homeless would be refused service if they tried to go into a store to get some food.

    Anyway… This isn’t so much about giving the homeless free tacos as it is about encouraging creativity and awareness. It’s about rethinking abundance. We’ve inherited a windfall of free tacos – how can we use that to bless others?

    Everyone is all geeked on getting a free taco, which we all could easily afford. Let’s repurpose this thing instead!

  3. I think it would be sweet to walk in with a homeless person and have them ask for their own. And if the owner refused, everyone could throw a fit.

    In a dream scenerio, a homeless person would win a discrimination lawsuit led by a zealous pro-bono lawyer.

    I agree with thinking outside of the bun!!

    Reminds me of this.

  4. everyone makes fun of me because i can drop 10 bones on taco bell feeding myself.

    look. i am not going to eat that ground beef. i don’t care how cheap it is.

    i’ll stick with my chicken chalupas, and chicken ranchero soft tacos, thank you very much.

  5. If you want to donate your taco to a homeless person, that is a very kind thing to do, but I can not condone going to multiple locations that is stealin in my book. Each person is only suppose to get one taco.

  6. Jeremy, that’s pretty freaking cool. I’d love to hear an update on Taco Bell’s response to your request.

    And in the name of peace and brotherhood, I’ll even look past the “Go Sox” comment. ๐Ÿ˜†

  7. If you want to donate your taco to a homeless person, that is a very kind thing to do, but I can not condone going to multiple locations that is stealin in my book. Each person is only suppose to get one taco.

    Fair enough. If that stretches your moral boundaries, then don’t go that far. But at least consider passing along your one taco to someone else who probably needs it more.

  8. Your heart is in the right place, but mobilizing the homeless and hungry in some kind of field trip for one taco apiece comes off as disrespectful and naive.

    You should talk to folks who work with the homeless and hungry in your community and see what they have to say about this.

    Again, your heart is in the right place and good on you for at least remembering that there are less fortunate people out there. But let’s not forget that they are human beings.

    Shame on the Boston Globe and Boston.com for promoting this. You should know better.

  9. Your heart is in the right place, but mobilizing the homeless and hungry in some kind of field trip for one taco apiece comes off as disrespectful and naive.

    I think you misread the Boston Globe’s post entirely.

    There was someone who thought it would be a good idea to bus the homeless to Taco Bell. Then they realized how unfeasible that was. So they developed the “Donate Your Taco” website, which is a brilliant idea. Essentially an online petition asking Taco Bell to step up with financial contributions to wildfire victims.

    My proposal was to donate your taco to a homeless person who no doubt needs the food more. I’m not entirely sure how a generous gesture like offering a snack to a hungry person belittles their humanity (or is naive and disrespectful for that matter) but I’m all ears if you care to explain…

  10. Mark Gallagher is right. Having worked directly with the homeless and hungry, I am amazed by the kind and creative ideas like shanebertou’s and donateyourtaco’s. But the people we’re talking about who are in need are served more by the awareness you are creating than by

    “I think it would be sweet to walk in with a homeless person and have them ask for their own. And if the owner refused, everyone could throw a fit. In a dream scenerio, a homeless person would win a discrimination lawsuit led by a zealous pro-bono lawyer.

    YUM brands (corporate parent of Taco Bell) can help the hungry in a lot of ways, but a lawsuit over a taco might not be the solution. Perhaps job training for mentally challenged adults coming through programs like http://www.pinestreetinn.org/do/training/job_training.html would feed a lot of people for a lifetime.

  11. Wait. Mark Gallagher is right about what?

    One one hand you just complimented the creative ideas “donateyourtaco.com” and I have brought up, and aknowledge that the real benefit is in the awareness (which hopefully leads to activism) these kind of ideas raise about homelessness, etc.

    But on the other hand you said Mark Gallagher is right. What’s he right about? I’m so confused. He completely missed the point of the Boston Globe’s blog post and essentiallly called us both disrespectful and naive.

    Please clarify?

  12. Like the fact that mudpuppy’s comment was obviously made in jest and he obviously wasn’t proposing a lawsuit against Taco Bell as a sollution to homelessness, perhaps?

    ๐Ÿ˜†

  13. And perhaps the fact that no self-respecting homeless person would turn down a free crunchy taco from Taco Bell.

    This whole debate reminds me of a Seinfeld episode with homeless people and muffin tops.

  14. Though it’s a great idea, the only problem is that tacos don’t really feed anybody, especially Taco Bell’s tacos. They’re laxatives disguised as food.

  15. Jeremy, I totally agree. Which is why I said:

    This isnโ€™t so much about giving the homeless free tacos as it is about encouraging creativity and awareness. Itโ€™s about rethinking abundance.

  16. Great idea… The homeless could get one for themselves, but how on earth would they even know about the promo. since it was on t.v.? So Tuesday is the magical day? I will do my best to do my part ๐Ÿ™‚ Or I will check out the site…

  17. I must be missing something. Could you not just tell all of the homeless people that there are free tacos? I say get as many people into those places, grab one for every man woman and child and grandma and puppy dog and chia pet and put that corporation out of business; it’s a common ‘two birds with one stone’ technique. Employ it.

  18. Nice idea – take the overflow and give it to others. I just wish Taco Bell (and other companies like it) would do something more proactive to help others. Instead of offering free tacos, donate a percentage of their profits to not-for-profit community organizations.

  19. That’s a great idea. Let try our best to put a business out of business for the sake of being a business. Then in the aftermath, we will just have more homeless people. This is why companies shouldn’t share their wealth with people or donate anything, because people just take advantage of someone’s generosity.

  20. Ok, I’ve already admitted that my “gather as many as you can” suggestion (a very small portion of the overall proposal, mind you) exceeded ethical boundaries. But who the heck is trying to put Taco Bell out of business? By taking an extra taco? Give me a freaking break man.

    Let me break this down really, really simply for all these Boston-are folks who seem to be incapable of grasping even the simplest of concepts.

    Go to Taco Bell between 2PM and 5PM. Get your free taco. Rather than eating the taco yourself, give it to someone else. Preferably someone who might not otherwise eat today. It’s called sharing. They teach it in preschool. It’s good for your soul.

    Man, I never thought this goofy post would get so much attention. But I especially never thought it would be a case study in the overall ineptitude of humanity. ๐Ÿ˜†

  21. My “nice idea” referred to the inital concept from shanebertou, not any other “interesting” comments. Just the idea of giving poor quality food to anyone bothers me.

  22. You know, OR we could put a company that is slowly depleting natural resources for the pleasure of cheap, astonishingly unhealthy food out of business because it is an institution in society we can do without. Infact, we could probably do better without. And perhaps those people working at the “restaurant” could go to trade school or ITT Tech or something and make a considerably better sum of money and probably have a much more satisfying job. Just a thought for the suit-wearing Patrick Reno.

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