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New App Allows You to Buy One, Feed One

Posted at 5:24 AM, Apr 01, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-01 08:12:31-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (April 1, 2014) – You may have heard of “LOL,” but have you heard of “BOFO”? That stands for something that is definitely nothing to laugh about: fighting hunger. It stands for “Buy One, Feed One,” a saying that supports the mission behind

This is a mission that Managing Director Jonathan Kumar is very passionate about. He was on food stamps as a child.

The way it works is so simple and the only effort it takes is you download an app to your phone or print a voucher at Even if you don’t have a smartphone, a text with all of the voucher information can be sent to your phone. After you buy a voucher for as little as $1 for amazing desserts or appetizers, visit the restaurant within 30 days with the receipt or voucher, show the five digit code it contains to your server, and then it will be redeemed.

Please keep in mind that all of these restaurants are locally owned and have made it their mission to provide the proceeds to a non-profit, like Kids’ Food Basket, which is dedicated to feeding thousands of local kids every year.

In order to help give back to the restaurants which take part in FoodCircles, please buy a full priced food and drinks. Each restaurant has just a limited amount of vouchers each week, so it’s best to plan ahead!

Want to pay it forward, a mission that FOX 17 loves? You can actually use the voucher to buy one for another table, a nice, unexpected surprise!

So how does FoodCircles actually stay afloat, if 100 percent of your chosen item goes to charity? Well, the restaurants involved in the program actually pay a small monthly program cost because great customers like you came through their doors, thanks to FoodCircle.