On Monday, we celebrated May The Fourth without Star Wars office-themed desserts. On Tuesday, we celebrated Cinco de Mayo without crowded taco bars. Let’s be honest; this definitely isn’t the way we expected to ring in May 2020. Yet we’re not going to let anything drag us down, whether it’s a pandemic, a murder hornet or a UFO sighting. Our corporate and restaurant partners are not only offering tremendous resources to those in need, but they are proving to us that – even if it doesn’t look exactly the same – things are going to reopen. Here’s a side of good news for the week:
Our corporate partners – Ford and 3M – have been working together since late March to develop air-purifying respirators to front-line health workers and as of this week, delivery has begun! Ford has assembled over 10,000 respirators to-date, and they will be distributed by 3M-authorized distributors. The respirator production is thanks to approximately 90 paid United Auto Workers volunteers at a Ford facility in Flat Rock, Michigan.
Our corporate partner Nike teamed up with Good360, a non-profit specializing in product donation distribution, to help deliver the Air Zoom Plus to healthcare workers in some of the hardest-hit cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Memphis and New York City. “From one athlete to another, Nike athletes recognize the physical and mental resilience of healthcare athletes,” the company said in their release.
We love this article from QSR Magazine not only because it highlights how our restaurant partner Chicken Salad Chick is finding ways to grow despite the crisis, but it also shows that restaurant business is still happening – it just looks different. When the pandemic disrupted thriving growth, CEO Scott Deviney turned to his franchisees to re-imagine the way a customer can place and receive their order. One of the biggest innovations that came from collaboration? Their Quick Chick grab-and-go platform, which usually accounts for 25 percent of sales, can now be preordered by customers and delivered through contactless pickup. Chicken Salad Chick is also donating meals to frontline workers through the Feeding the Front Lines program, like many of our incredible restaurant partners.
What are some positive news stories that you’ve heard this week? Let us know in the comments section below!