Empanada Mamma's donates $2,000 to Atlantic City Rescue Mission

Two South Jersey Women launch tasty new culinary delights and help the needy.

Pictured: Bill Warner, Director of Mens Ministries, Michelle Torres and Uriel Malizia from Empanada Mammas

Michelle Torres and Uriel Malizia from Egg Harbor Township have teamed up as the “Empanada Mammas” to create a new culinary craze.  The life-long friends and their respective husbands and kids sell their Empanadas at events and festivals as well as made-to-order catering. 

From the onset these two local entrepreneurs incorporated helping others as part of their business plan. "We want to give back to the community as a way of thanking all the people who have helped encouraged and supported us in starting this business". These extraordinary women have been setting aside a portion of every sale to be donated to charity. On Friday, July 26, 2013 they made their first check presentation to Atlantic City Rescue Mission for $2000.  In addition their business Empanada Mamma's, has been working with the ACRM Work Readiness Program as a food preparation experience.  

They plan to sponsor different area businesses as they continue their giveback business philosophy. There are so many organizations doing great things in the community and they all need our support. We hope to shine a spot light on some of them. 

Starting out: Michelle and Uriel have known each other since the 8th grade and have remained close friends into their adult life. Their special Empanada creations have always been a staple in their family home. It was through the prompting of their two husbands and other family friends that encouraged them to try selling them commercially. We began with the idea that we will distribute them through the local summer venues like Bayfest. It was a great way to test the water and make sure our friends weren't wrong. 

So far Empanada Mamma’s continue to receive lots of praise and encouragement. “Many people come up to us from previous summer events and told us how addicting our Empanadas are. They formed a little club for them called Repeat Offenders,” says Uriel.

The two women are beginning to think about the possibility of a storefront. But for now, you can only experience them by hiring them to cater your next event or by attending one of the many South Jersey Summer festivals. Check their Facebook page or website to see where they will be appearing next.
Receiving the check on behalf the Mission was Pastor Bill Warner, Director of Men's Ministries: "These young ladies weren't kidding. I just tried one of the  Empanadas they made for the Mission and I'll be going back for seconds!"
Visit them at: www.empanadamammas.com  or  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmpanadaMammas


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