Fast-casual sub sandwich franchise Jersey Mike’s will donate 20 percent of its profits this weekend to Feeding America to help food banks address the increased need for food assistance resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jersey Mike’s more than 2,500 locations will donate a minimum of $1 million based on April 25 and 26 sales. The donation will go to Feeding America’s nationwide network of 200 food banks.
“School closures and rising unemployment due to shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders have disproportionately impacted people already at risk of hunger,” said Katie Fitzgerald, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Feeding America, in a prepared statement. “We are grateful for Jersey Mike’s generous support of food banks that are in communities helping people who struggle with hunger. This donation will help our member food banks provide more meals to people who need them most.”
In addition to the more than 37 million Americans that face hunger, Feeding America estimates 17.1 million more people might face hunger in the next six months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jersey Mike’s franchise owners across the country are reportedly paying it forward in other ways by donating millions of subs to local hospitals, first responders, children, senior citizens, and more.