Hot Dogs for Homeless tour feeds those in need, encourages youth to give back

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Volunteers traveling in a Wienerschnitzel-wrapped RV are visiting cities and schools to give back to communities across the western United States. Hot Dogs for Homeless is a month-long adventure through 18 cities, where a crew is feeding those in need and encouraging youth to give back.

Wienerschnitzel partnered with nonprofit group Skate for Change to spread a message of care and giving to those who need it most. The crew is handing out hot dogs and providing socks, hats, clothes, hygiene kits and other necessities to homeless populations in cities from San Diego to San Antonio.

The Hot Dogs for Homeless tour is in Phoenix today, April 8, at North High School and Camelback High School.

"It's really grassroots empowerment through youth and giving back, and basically showing kids how easy it is to give back," president of Skate for Change Josh Smith said. "We truly believe that if we want to change to world, we have to start at a local level."

Skate for Change has chapters across the United States. Members skateboard across cities with backpacks full of essentials like food, water and socks that they give out to people in need along their ride.

The group will be handing out 50,000 hot dogs over the course of the tour. Hot Dogs for Homeless hopes to raise $100,000 to help give back to communities in need. All of the donations raised will go back to Skate for Change, and Wienershnitzel has promised to match the total amount of funds raised.

For more information about the tour or ways to give back in your community, visit skateforchange.org/hotdogs4homeless.