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Join our mission on helping those in need
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Help us build a brighter community one meal at a time

What We Do

We are delivering dignified dining

The Currency of Caring is a simple way of making a tangible difference in someone's life who may be struggling with food insecurity or other hardships.  With this program, patrons can purchase a unique token and gift those in need with a hot meal redeemable at any of our participating restaurant or food truck community partners. The Currency of Caring tokens can be purchased online or at any of our food trucks or restaurants. Join us in our mission to deliver dignity, love, and respect to those in need in our community. 

How it Works

The Basics

The Currency of Caring provides a safe, simple means for individuals, families, and companies to give fresh, hot, high quality restaurant meals to our local neighbors in need.

Free Delicious Food 

Each participating food preparer (be it a restaurant or food truck) is paid to prepare and serve anyone who presents a currency of caring token with an entree, side and drink of choice, no questions asked.

Watering Food Deserts

Via our Feed Thy Neighbor Program, every time we receive 100 donated tokens, we work with local community leaders to identify people groups and organizations most in need and deliver 100-125 free, hot, made to order meals in hard to reach communities via our participating food truck partners. 

Feed It Forward 

As part of our mission to strengthen communities, we also empower local law enforcement, first responders, and military leaders with Currency of Caring tokens so they can provide free hot meals to those in need, fostering support and nourishment where it’s needed most. 

Giving Back

If you are unable to visit one of our participating restaurants or food trucks in person, we welcome your tax-deductible donation to support us in our unique mission of providing healthy, hot, restaurant quality meals to our neighbors in need. Make a tax deductible donation here. 

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Who We Are

Brigadier General (Ret) John E. Michel and Holly Michel are business leaders and innovators who love people and possibilities. Holly is an award-winning artist and John is an eternal optimist. Entrepreneurs at heart, John and Holly founded Soulcial Kitchen, a 2.5-acre hospitality park featuring a restaurant and bar, food truck park and dog park, designed to enhance community connection and serve the undeserved though their innovative Currency of Caring dignified dining program. John and Holly are also the creators of the nation’s first Food truck Entrepreneur Program designed to assist aspiring mobile food operators and restaurant team members develop the skills and capabilities to effectively manage and lead their own independent operation. Connect with John and Holly at or at

Our Mission Partners

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Participating Locations

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Food is Love

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Patty's Cheesecakes

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Soul Burgers


A Fine Swine

Ray's SoulFood

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Aux Delices


Homestyle Grill

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Marcos Express

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Heaterz Chicken

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The Sweet Side


El Guaqo Taco




Old Herald


Man Thats Good




Sports Tap




Tony's Tacos


Soulcial Smash Burger


Big Meeches 

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Sonnys Place


Street Sweet

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Speedway Eatery

Contact Us

127 North Belt East

Swansea, IL 62269


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Our Manifesto: 

We are Passionate about Connecting & Blessing People through Great Food

Our Recipe for success is simple: Food + Love x Community = Joy

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