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Amazon Studios Donates $1 Million to Jon & Vinny’s to Help Feed Those in Need

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As COVID’s curve on the world gradually flattens out, we’re seeing slow beginnings towards normalcy. Maybe a different normality than we’re accustomed to, but living life again nevertheless. It’s part of the human spirit; rather than simply conform, we’ve chosen to confront. This strength has manifested in a multitude of ways, from the courage of essential workers, to local farms helping to distribute food, even the spike in video chat apps is an indicator of how we come together in challenging times. 

Joining the fray, Amazon Studios has announced that it will be donating $1 Million to the award-winning Los Angeles-based restaurant group, Jon & Vinny’s. Existing well beyond their two brick & mortar locations in Brentwood & Fairfax, Jon & Vinny’s Joint Venture Restaurant Group also encompasses Caramelized Productions, their full-service catering company, as well as a slew of popular LA staples. Suffice to say, with Amazon Studios’ donation, Jon & Vinny’s is certainly capable of making a positive impact. 

Additionally, donations will be made to other local restaurants. The ultimate goal of the initiative is to work with local businesses in preparing and delivering meals to No Kid Hungry, Off Their Plate, the Los Angeles Mission and the Motion Picture & Television Fund. Through this social outreach, those in need will receive fresh meals prepared by talented chefs and contributing local restaurants will have financial support to continue serving the community. With over 10 farms and nearly 10 more businesses contributing to this initiative, everyone involved stands to feel real support during this time.  

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“This unprecedented crisis has impacted all of us in immeasurable ways, and it’s more important than ever that we all do our part to give back at every level — and particularly to our own community,” said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. “At Amazon Studios and Prime Video, we’re truly honored to be able to show our support to the community that has always supported us, and to team up with Jon and Vinny’s to provide food to those who so desperately need it along with a lifeline to local businesses.” 

To further reinforce its support, Amazon Studios has converted its “For Your Consideration” billboards into “For Your Community,” with each highlighting COVID-related non-profit organizations.  These billboards are now live across Los Angeles. To learn more about Amazon’s efforts to support communities and non-profits, click here.

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Checkers & Rally’s Are Giving Out Free Meals to Healthcare Workers

 

Known for their “Crazy Good Food,” Checkers & Rally’s have shifted their focus towards crazy good hospitality.

Now, at all 250 locations nationwide, first responders and medical workers can get a free small combo at the fast food chain, solely by showing up in their uniform.

Each combo includes a small order of fries, a small drink, and a choice of one of the following entrees: Big Buford (which may be the best name out there for a fast food item), Cheese Champ, Chili Dog, BBQ Bacon Roadhouse, Half-Pound Chicken Bites, Spicy Chicken Sandwich, Baconzilla, 5-piece Wings, or a Deep Sea Double. 

The restaurant’s employees will also benefit from the policy, as they’ve been deemed “essential workers,” and will get a free small meal for every shift they work.

This is in addition to the $100,000 they donated to No Kid Hungry that’s estimated to provide a million meals to children, and certainly shows a commitment to helping the communities that surround each location, which is rare for such a large chain. 

Hats off, Checkers & Rally’s.

 

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Taco Bell Plans On Giving Away Free Food Again Tomorrow

UPDATE: Taco Bell will be extending its free Doritos Locos Taco promotion to tomorrow, April 7th.

Taco Bell is giving every one in America who rolls through one of their drive-thrus a free Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Tacos on March 31st, 2020. No purchase necessary!

No doubt, this March has been one of the longest years on record. I’ll take just about any damn relief I can get at this point — bonus points if it comes in the form of some textural mouth feels at Taco Bell.

Not to say that there haven’t been some silver linings amidst the bullshit of Covid-19. The goodwill of some of the big boys of the food community is not going unseen.

Earlier today we reported of Krispy Kreme committing free donuts to health care workers. And Popeyes even gave out their Netflix login to over 1,000 people who were staying at home.

Now Taco Bell has stepped all the way up with some moves of their own.

In a recent email from Taco Bell CEO, Mark King, he outlined several initiatives the company was pursuing in the wake of the growing pandemic ravaging America.

These initiatives are highlighted by some procedural changes his team is making to keep those working at the restaurants safe (social distancing back of house, new cleaning procedures). Additionally, he mentioned a $1 million donation to No Kid Hungry, along with their efforts to give away excess food to local food banks.

Taco Bell also plans to turn their Taco Truck fleet to mobile commissaries, “bringing food to community heroes and those who work in essential roles every day.”

Solid move T-Bell.

Here is Mark’s email in its entirety:

To Our Taco Bell Fans,

Since my letter to you on March 13, things have been changing on a daily basis for us all. But I’ve noticed that one thing hasn’t changed: people are still coming together to help one another and show that they care. At Taco Bell, I’m incredibly proud of how our franchisees and team members are continuing to feed people’s lives with unexpected good and wanted to share a few ways we’re working together to make a larger impact.

Feeding our Heroes

There’s a distinct group of brave people – from healthcare workers, to teachers, to grocery store employees – who are making sure the world keeps running, and we need to make sure we all do our part to take care of them. Around the world, our franchisees have committed to feeding these special individuals, and in the U.S., many of our franchisees have quickly mobilized to do the same. Beginning next week, we are turning all of our Taco Trucks into mobile commissaries, bringing food to community heroes and those who work in essential roles every day.

While most of our restaurants are operating only through the drive-thru, this leaves some truck and ambulance drivers unable to quickly order from us. We are working with our franchisees on a solution for this where possible, and we want to make sure this group knows how much we appreciate everything they’re doing.

Supporting Our Communities

I’m incredibly proud to say that the Taco Bell Foundation is donating $1 million to No Kid Hungry, a national campaign to end childhood hunger in America. We’re also working to turn on our Round Up program and invite you to take part in this if you so choose. When going through our drive-thru at participating locations, you will be able to ‘round up’ to the nearest dollar and all funds raised will also go to No Kid Hungry.

In addition, we’ll be working with our restaurants and distribution centers to donate excess food and produce to local food banks to provide meaningful support to our communities in times of need.

Keeping our People Safe

We want to ensure that Taco Bell is the safest place to work and eat. We have strict safety policies and are working closely with our franchisees to put additional procedures in place to ensure social distancing is enabled in our working kitchens. Our team members’ and our customers’ safety is of the highest priority, and we are incredibly proud of our drive-thru heroes who are taking care of our guests every day.

We’re All In This Together

I continue to be in awe of the heart we are seeing in this country, so we want to show our appreciation by giving everyone in America who rolls up to a Taco Bell drive-thru at a participating location a free Nacho Cheese Doritos® Locos Tacos this Tuesday, March 31st, while supplies last. It’s a small way for us to say thank you for the ways you’re showing up for your communities and our chance to give you a little TLC during this time. We also know that for many of you, delivery is more than just an option – it’s a necessity. We’ve expanded our free delivery offer through GrubHub for all orders $12 and up to make it easier for you.

These are immediate steps we are taking, but this will not be the end. We will continue to share updates on our social channels and website. And I want to thank you, our loyal customers, for your help and patience as we continue to navigate this unprecedented time.

Mark King
CEO, Taco Bell Corp.

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For A Single Kiss, Qdoba Will Give You A Free Entree on Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is less than a week away and we’re definitely feeling the love.

Qdoba, in a partnership with No Hungry Kid, is offering a pretty attractive deal to anyone who decides to stop by the fast-casual restaurant on the most romantic day of the year.

Guests who visit any participating location of Qdoba Mexican Grill on Valentine’s Day can get themselves a free entree for the price of a kiss.

Any customer who buys a Qdoba entree at regular price simply has to kiss someone, or something, at check out and they can get a free meal.

This means if you bring your significant other, give them a quick peck on the cheek for a free meal. If you don’t have anyone to spend the day with, bring a tiny action figure you can do the same with and get that second plate for lunch the next day.

If you feel like sharing your love, Qdoba is donating $1 (up to $10,000) to No Kid Hungry for every photo posted on social media with the hashtag #QdobaForAKiss in order to battle childhood hunger.