McDonald's defeated

From McDonald's restaurant to community-run food bank ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

Volunteers and staff of the Après M posing in front of the reconverted McDonald's building

A,

Once upon a time, in one of France’s poorest neighbourhoods, Kamel and his coworkers took on McDonald’s and turned their workplace into something magical.

They spent 20 years fighting the most powerful fast food chain – dreaming of creating a place that could offer good jobs, fair pay and a chance to uplift their community out of unemployment and poverty.

McDonald's hated that. It tried everything to get rid of Kamel – even threatening his life! And when that didn’t work, McDonald’s fired everyone and shut down the restaurant.

But instead of giving up on their dream, Kamel and his coworkers rolled up their sleeves and turned the discarded, hollow space McDonald’s abandoned into a vibrant community food bank — now feeding 2,000 families a week for free. They rehired staff, redecorated, spread the word and restored the heart of their community.

This magical place is called l’Après M (“the After M”... for after McDonald's) – and it needs you.

Kamel and his coworkers aren’t home free – their building was just sold to the city. But with our help, they can pay the rent and turn l’Apres M into a permanent community oasis – with a proper food bank, restaurant, meeting facilities, job training centre, and much more. And one day, buy it for good.

A, can you help Kamel and his team secure the magical place they built – and give this community a chance to rise?

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l’Après M is a beacon of hope and positive change for this neighbourhood in Marseille – and for communities across the globe.

In just the first five weeks after l’Après M opened, they served no less than 100,000 people food parcels. And during the height of the pandemic l’Après M saved many more, giving them food, support and a sense of purpose.

But Kamel and his heroic team wanted to do more. They worked with firemen, farmers and local groups to extend l’Après M’s reach and distribute food – and their powerful message – to surrounding neighbourhoods.

Now the story of their work is spreading and inspiring movements worldwide. They even helped McDonald's workers in the U.S. win a $15/hour minimum wage – a fight that had been dragging on for nearly a decade!

This place is special, A.

l’Après M is a symbol that something bad can be turned into something beautiful – if enough people come together to do it.

The need for l’Après M is greater than ever...can you chip in right now to help protect this vital food bank and the beating heart of this neighbourhood?

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Thanks for all that you do,
Ibrahim, Yasmin, Danny and the SumOfUs team


More information:

McDonald’s In Marseille Turned Into Food Base To Help Needy
Forbes. 25 April 2020. French McDonald’s Workers Win Court Ruling Against Restaurant’s Sale
The New York Times. 7 September 2018. (In French) A Marseille, des associations utilisent un ancien McDo pour distribuer de la nourriture
Mediapart. 11 April 2020. (In Spanish) Marsella, del adorado McDonald’s al ‘fast-food’ social
El País. 6 October 2021.

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