Dick’s Drive-In customers purchased over 1,000 boxes of burgers to donate to local hospitals and fire stations in less than four days. The local restaurant and its long-time key suppliers, Macdonald Meats and Franz Bakeries, are matching those donations and sending over 2,000 boxes to Hospital Heroes and first responders on the frontlines of the battle against the Corona virus.
“We knew our customers wanted to help,” said Jasmine Donovan, President of Dick’s Drive-In Restaurants and granddaughter of the namesake Dick Spady. “It is amazing how much love they are sending!”
“Employees at Seattle based MacDonald Meat Company are proud to be a partner of Dick’s Drive-In and honored to help support the community in such an impactful way,” said Josh Melnick, Executive Vice President of MacDonald Meat Company, Inc. “Seattle’s healthcare workers are the real heroes and we hope to bring some joy to them during this time.”
Franz Family Bakeries has been a local bakery serving the Pacific Northwest since 1906. “We say that it’s a family affair at Franz Bakery,” said Todd Fultz, Account Executive at Franz. “We are proud to support the local community and our community members working on the front line.”
On Friday, April 3rd, Dick’s Drive-In announced on social media and with signs at their restaurants that customers could purchase a box of 24 burgers for Hospital Heroes. The beloved local restaurant chain would deliver those boxes to local hospitals and match up to 500 boxes. By Saturday, customers had already purchased over 500 boxes.
On Sunday, Dick’s announced it would expand the match to 1,000 boxes and would include deliveries to first responders at fire stations as well. By Monday afternoon, over 1,000 boxes were donated. The team at Dick’s is working with hospitals and fire stations around their 7 locations to distribute all of that burger love. “We are sold out for now,” said Donovan. “And we are so excited to get those burgers out there as quickly as possible.”
Dick’s Drive-In has served Seattle area customers for over 66 years. The local, family-owned restaurant chain serves burgers made with fresh, never-frozen high-quality beef on locally made buns, fries that are hand-cut from real Washington potatoes and shakes that are hand-dipped and individually whipped. The company is equally well known for investing in their employees with the best pay and benefits in the industry and as well as for their support of the local community.