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Quick-serve restaurants help give back to communities, front-line workers

During the COVID-19 crisis, restaurant chains find ways to help

Quick-service chains are finding ways to give back to their community while they meet the challenges of the current COVID-19 crisis. Just Salad partnered with Mount Sinai Health System to provide 10,000 total meals per week to its seven hospitals spread across Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. And Domino’s pizza said its company-owned and franchised stores are donating millions of pizza within their communities.

Just Salad started its free pizza program for Mount Sinai during Doctor’s Day, March 30. “Medical supplies remain critical, but so is providing healthy, delicious meals that are delivered directly to them,” said Richard A. Friedman, co-chair of the Boards of Trustees for Mount Sinai Health System. “When presented with this opportunity from Just Salad, we were able to move very quickly to ensure our medical teams have nutritious food in the weeks ahead.”

Pieology created Care Packs for loved ones and front-line workers. Photo by Pieology.
Pieology created Care Packs for loved ones and front-line workers. Photo by Pieology.

Pieology is offering Care Packs that can be sent to loved ones and those who are facing challenges during the coronavirus outbreak, including medical workers, first responders, and front-line employees. The $50 Care Pack includes four 11.5” build-your-own, thin, Artisan Pizzas, one Ooey Gooey Cheese Bread, and one family-size shareable dessert. The fast-casual pizza chain is also raising money through its own relief fund.

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Popeyes created a program to help customers raise funds for No Kid Hungry, an organization that fights childhood food insecurity. Customers using the Popeyes app can donate $1 to No Kid Hungry to help fight hunger, with the QSR chicken chain matching the donation for a limited time.

Burger King has been offering two, free King Jr. kids’ meals with the purchase of an adult meal through its app. As many schools are forced to close and some households cannot afford the additional meals needed to nourish children, this program has donated more than 500,000 meals.

Photo credit: Domino’s Pizza

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