Food Cart Fundraiser for Jason Moreno – Owner of J Mo’s Sandwich Shack Food Cart August 16th, 2014 Noon – 4:00 PM

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Food Cart Fundraiser for Jason Moreno – Owner of J Mo’s Sandwich Shack Food Cart August 16th, 2014 Noon – 4:00 PM

That is how I usually see my friend Jason Moreno.  Jason has a beautiful smile and a contagious laugh! Jason is the guy that you want to go to a concert with!

Jason owns J Mo’s Sandwich Shack Food Cart located at the Carts on Foster Food Cart Pod – 52nd and Foster.

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Jason’s signature dish is the Dirty Mo – an scrumptious sandwich made with garlic bread, cart made meatballs, red sauce and pasta.

The Phone Call You Never Want to Get

Back in March, I got a phone call that Jason was in the hospital and in real bad shape.  I got in my car and I headed off to see my friend.
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Jason Moreno's Leg Broken below the knee in three places

Broken in Three Places

Jason had been in an accident and he had broken his leg in three places below the knee.

While Jason put up a good front for the picture above, he was in a bad way. The doctor had told him that he would not be able for walk for a number of months and that he would not be able to work for quite a while.

Jason cried as the realization that he was not going to have income for at least three months began to set in.

Jason had very understandable fears and questions — What would  happen to his Food Cart? What would happen to him? Would he end up homeless? I cried with Jason and I let him know that somehow, someway it would out.

I stepped out of the hospital room and I  called Steve Woolard, the owner of the Carts on Foster Food Cart Pod and talked about what Jason was facing. Steve graciously said that Jason’s cart would be safe and he would work with Jason on the rent that would be accruing. Not many landlord’s would do that.

I came back in the hospital room and told Jason that he could focus on healing and that when he was ready to get back to work, that his Food Cart would be waiting for him. Jason choked up as I told him about my call to Steve and the incredible act of grace that Steve was extending to him.

I also told Jason that when he was ready, that I would sponsor a fundraiser for him to help get him caught up on his Food Cart rent and other bills.

I told him that we could sell over priced Dirty Mo’s for $20 and that I would ask people to come buy them.

As Jason laid there in that hospital bed he had hope and he knew that people were pulling for him.

The time has come for that fundraiser! The time has come to stand in the gap for Jason.

The Best of the American Dream!

To me, Food Cart owners represent the best of the Americans dream. They are small business  owners working hard to bootstrap their way to a better life. As many of you know I fell in love the Food Cart community and for me – helping Jason keep his small business going is the right thing to do.

I know what it like to go through hard times and I am still grateful for the people who helped me when I was down and out. I am delighted to have this opportunity to give back and assist someone in need.

The Dirty Mo Menu J Mo's Sandwich Shack

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Come Buy a $20 Dirty Mo – Have a Great Sandwich and Make a Difference! 

Saturday August 16th from Noon -4:00 PM I am going to be in J Mo’s Sandwich Shack Food Cart and I will be selling overpriced Dirty Mo’s for $20. I have my food handler’s license and I will be donating my time to help my friend.

I ask you to come  and help me help Jason.

If you don’t want a sandwich and you simply want to donate cash – that is fine by me.

I hope to see you Saturday!

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Have a Beer with your $20 Dirty Mo!

Located at the Cart’s on Foster Food Cart pod is the Pod Bar PDX where you can get a cold beer to go with your Dirty Mo.

Cash Donations Welcome

If you don’t want a sandwich and you simply want to donate cash – that is fine by me.

The Food Cart Community Pulling Together

I have been told that there are a few of Portland’s Food Cart owners are going to also contribute to this fundraiser. As those details get ironed out, I will update this article and let you know which other Food Carts are going stand with me and assist Jason.

That’s it!

I am Steven Shomler and I am a Fan of Portland’s Great Food Carts.

 

 

 

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