A restaurant owner in the Chicago area, Robert Magiet, is making a difference in his community by buying up the stock of local tamale vendors. It started on a cold day, when Magiet saw a woman outside selling tamales who looked like she was dressed for Antarctica. He asked if he bought all of her tamales, would she go home and get out of the cold. She said, “Yes, absolutely,” and that was the start of Magiet’s mission. This is a win-win-win proposition: The tamale vendors get to go home and get out of the cold, and Magiet donates the tamales to friendly fridges, homeless encampments or shelters. He also plans to offer jobs to some of the vendors. The community is supporting him in this endeavor, donating the funds that are keeping community members warm and well-fed.

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