David's Patriot Grill
(OPERATION MESS HALL FOOD TRAILER LICENSING,501 (c)(3), tax-exempt organization)
Our purpose is to create a business model for veterans that is affordable and profitable. Veterans are often looking for an opportunity to own a business. Our model offers them an opportunity to support themselves and their families while serving other veterans and their communities.
With a relatively small investment, veterans could own a business that will yield a profit even within the first few years. They will be required to complete a seven-week business course and will be given directions on how to prepare each of the sandwiches served in David's Patriot Grill Food Trailer.
Operation Mess Hall is a tax-exempt, non-profit. A legal licensing agreement has been created for licensees to outline the duties of the licensor (Operation Mess Hall), and the licensees. To begin the process, please use our contact page.
Our story began about five years ago ...
Operation Not Forgotten received a phone call from a veteran who was staying in a motel funded by a veteran organization that referred him to Steve for help. He and his dog were out of food, and he was most concerned about food for his service dog. While Operation Not Forgotten is not a food pantry, we told him we would help him find the resources he needed. Steve contacted a church in north Georgia that was hosting a Vet Life Community and asked the pastor if they had any resources or knowledge of local food pantries. The pastor gave us a paper with resources in north Georgia that might help. There were 6-8 listings under food. One of the resources was different from the rest. Instead of ending with a pantry, or food bank, it just had the name David's/Patriot Foods.
When Steve followed up, David told him that he was a Navy Seal with serious health problems. In fact, he told Steve that he was slowly dying. David had shrapnel in his spine and the doctors were afraid to operate. He told Steve he was no longer healthy enough to operate his food resources ministry to veterans but had turned it over to a friend of his. He said to come back the next day and he would have some food to offer the veteran in need.
Steve picked up the food the next day and went to deliver the food. After that, Steve went back to David's house and they spent several hours talking. It was David (who had training at a culinary school) who first suggested to Steve that a food truck could help fund our ministry to veterans and their families.
David, Steve, and others began to meet regularly to make plans to start the truck. After one particularly productive meeting, David raised his glass and said, "United We Eat!" Then we came up with the idea of a Franchising company that would help a lot of veterans own a business.
We wanted the name to have a personal touch, and we wanted a patriotic motif since it will fund veterans. As we reminisced about how the whole truck adventure began, we remembered David and his contributions. We first met David at his non-profit, David’s Patriot Foods, when we were looking for food for a veteran in need. David was the one who originally gave us the idea, so we wanted to name our trailer David's Patriot Grill. We wanted to honor David's service, sacrifice, and contribution to helping us rescue families and save lives.
Unless otherwise permitted by Franchisor, Franchisee will offer and sell only Products and other related products previously authorized by Franchisor, only within the Territory and from its mobile trailer, and only in accordance with the requirements of the Franchise Agreement and the procedures set forth in the Procedure Manuals. Franchisee shall comply, at Franchisee'sexpense, with all federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations and will obtain all licenses, permits, and certifications required for the operation of the Operation Mess Hall Food Trailer Franchisee in their territory.
Operation Mess Hall Franchise Food Trailers are independently owned and operated by the Franchisee.