Donations to Diners and Free Starbucks: Here Are Just Some of the Good News Headlines We Love This Week
We are certainly living through unprecedented times, as coronavirus concerns have hit a high, states are trying to reopen, and the "new normal" is beginning to take shape. So many businesses have been affected by closures and decline in demand, and healthcare workers are working around the clock to care for the sickest patients, putting their own lives at risk.
To help in relief efforts, many brands have been providing donations to various organizations, healthcare workers, and food banks, and we've rounded up a list of some of the awesome things companies are doing to support. Know of a great story? Let us know. We want to share!
Beyond Meat and HUNGRY Donates Burgers to First Responders
Plant-based burger company Beyond Meat and the corporate catering platform HUNGRY have teamed up to donate over one million burgers to those in need across the nation. HUNGRY's top local NYC chefs have already cooked up a storm, whipping up thousands of delicious burgers for people in need in NYC. Plus, over the next three or more weeks, HUNGRY chefs will cook 1,000 burgers a day for hospital staff, healthcare workers, and first responders.
Heinz Donates $1 Million to Save Local Diners
Do you miss your Sunday morning hash browns and bacon? Local diners are getting hit hard during the COVID-19 pandemic, as they've had to close or reduce their offerings to take-out only. Now through May 31, Heinz is asking fans to nominate their favorite diner to receive a one-time donation of $2,000 that can go towards rent and operating costs. Heinz has committed to donating $1 million in total for 500 qualifying diners.
Publix Is Buying Excess Crops and Donating to Food Banks
Grocery store chain Publix is working with farmers to supply excess food to food banks, which are in higher demand than in many years past. Publix announced its plans to purchase more than 1,500,000 pounds of produce and 43,500 gallons of milk, as said in a press release, and these supplies are sourced from Florida produce farmers and dairy farmers throughout the southeast. They will go to Feeding America's food banks.
Free Starbucks Coffee for Frontline Workers Extended Through May
In March, Starbucks said it would give free iced and brewed coffee to all first responders and frontline workers until May 3, but since the pandemic is still at a high, they are extending the offer through May 31. Starbucks has served more than one million complimentary cups of coffee in the U.S. and Canada. Qualifiers include police officers, firefighters, paramedics, doctors, nurses, hospital and medical staff, and researchers.
A Texas Apartment Complex Creates a Food Pantry for Residents in Need
An apartment complex in McKinney, Texas, is creating a food pantry to help serve hungry residents during this time. The food pantry, which has been set up by the mail center, allows residents can leave or pick up non-perishable items for their neighbors. What might you find? There are shelves piled high with pasta, rice, beans, cookies, crackers, seasonings and spices, soup, chips, canned veggies and other canned goods, and more. There are even dog and cat food and supplies, as well as precious toilet paper, paper towels, baby food and diapers, and more. Plus, it's open to residents at all hours.
McDonald's Is Providing Free "Thank You Meals" to Workers
Starting April 22 through May 5, healthcare workers and first responders can receive a free "Thank You Meal" through both carry out and drive thru when they show a work badge or ID at participating McDonald's restaurants across the U.S.
The Thank You Meal is available for pick-up during breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and it will feature a choice of sandwiches, drinks, and a side, including the beloved fries or hash browns, along with a note of appreciation for all their dedication and selflessness during this time. The tasty meal is served in the McDonald's iconic Happy Meal box, in the hopes of making their day a bit "happier."
Hellmann's Launches "Food Relief Fund" with $1 Million to Feed Frontline Workers in NYC
As part of Unilever's "United for America" initiative, Hellmann's announced this week they were establishing a "Food Relief Fund" and stocking it with $1 million. This money is meant to help frontline workers and first responders in New York City, which is where Hellmann's was founded.
Half a million of those dollars will go to a partnership with Grubhub, and the two will work with NYC restaurants, which have been closed for weeks, to cater 30,000 meals for New York City-area hospitals. "With the creation of Hellmann’s Food Relief Fund, we want to provide much needed food to the humanitarians on the frontlines in New York City who are selflessly confronting the virus and facilitating care daily as well as to New Yorkers who are experiencing hardship through this pandemic," said Ben Crook, Senior Marketing Director for Hellmann’s North America in a statement.