Frugals, a local fast-food franchise, made the decision to donate 10% of their proceeds to local food banks throughout their area of operations.
The donation period went into effect April 1, and will continue for the rest of the month. According to Frugals’ Business Development Manager, Tyler Clifford, the COVID-19 pandemic is the reason for this business decision.
“Due to the COVID-19 crisis overall, we knew that there were multiple things we had to do to show support for our employees and communities,” said Clifford, “and we’re lucky enough to be known for take-out already since most of our stores are double drive-thru.”
Sacrifices had to be made in order for the company to donate such a large-sum figure to the food banks; a sum that Clifford estimated will be approximately $20,000 by the end of the month.
“Our overall business level hasn’t really been affected, so our number one priority has been keeping our employees safe,” said Clifford. “We also increased all of our wages so our minimum (hourly) wage in Washington state is now $15 and up, so that our employees knew we appreciate them being out on the frontlines during this time.”
The company then decided they wanted to provide support to the communities that they do business in as well, Clifford explained.
“We knew we wanted to do something to give back during this time, so we chose (to donate to) the food banks because we know that’s a place that’s in need for a lot of people right now; and that they have the same goals as we do, which is feeding people.” Clifford continued, “To make sure that we could cover the cost of the increased wages and of donating to the food banks, all of our salaried staff took a pay cut for the next few months.”
The charity work came with sacrifices to the business, but in the end Frugals made the decision to go forward with it, with the hope of benefiting the community at large during these uncertain times.
Although the donation period lasts until the end of April, Clifford said they’re looking at donating again for the next couple of months.
“We’re planning on doing something similar for May, and we’re doing research for that to see if there’s a different, related charity we could donate to for the upcoming months,” said Clifford, “if we can’t find anything that we like better, we’ll do the food banks again.”
Frugals has a total of three locations in the cities of Port Angeles, Auburn and Tacoma. Seldom is there an opportunity to fill your stomach and give back to the community all for the price of one burger, but thanks to Frugals, that opportunity is only a drive away.
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