Fazoli’s, America’s largest premium QSR Italian chain, is partnering with Feed the Children and The Salvation Army – Dayton Kroc Center to bring No Hunger Holidays to 400 Dayton families during the season of giving.
The drive-thru event will be held Tuesday, Nov. 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Salvation Army – Dayton Kroc Center, located at 1000 N Keowee St. During the event, each family will receive a 25-pound box of food; a 15-pound box of essentials such as shampoo, conditioner, lotion and personal-care items; and a box of Avon products. Each child will also receive Disney storybooks and toys as a special holiday gift from Fazoli’s.
“This year has brought unprecedented challenges for families. We are honored to do our part to help make a difference,” said Fazoli’s CEO Carl Howard. “Dayton is my hometown and I’m proud to be able to give back to this community. This is our seventh year for this event and we’re excited to bring hope and holiday cheer to those in need. By teaming up with our friends at Feed the Children and The Salvation Army – Dayton Kroc Center, we look forward to truly making a difference in the lives of these families, one breadstick at a time.”
As the holiday season approaches, too many people – including more than 30% of Dayton residents living below the poverty line - find themselves exhausted and without essential resources. 2021 has been a difficult year for our most vulnerable children and families who have faced widespread hardship and uncertainty because of the pandemic’s far-reaching effects. In the U.S., nearly 1 in 6 children is now estimated to be food insecure.
Feed the Children, a leading nonprofit focused on alleviating childhood hunger, is holding its annual No Hunger Holidays campaign to help children, parents and caregivers fill the gap during this challenging time. The organization plans to deliver two million meals in November and December to families who need them.
“We believe that no child should go to bed hungry, especially during a time full of warmth, love and sharing,” said Travis Arnold, Feed the Children president and CEO. “But the reality is, millions of children face this hardship every day. Thanks to our generous partners at Fazoli’s, we are able to help these families rest a little easier knowing they don’t have to worry about where their next meal is coming from this holiday season.”
Since 2012, Fazoli’s and Feed the Children have partnered to assist more than 10,000 families providing more than 80,000 pounds of food and essentials.
Founded in 1988 in Lexington, Ky., Fazoli's owns and operates nearly 220 restaurants in 27 states, making it the largest premium QSR Italian chain in America. Fazoli’s prides itself on serving premium quality Italian food, fast, fresh and friendly. Menu offerings include freshly prepared pasta entrees, Submarinos® sandwiches, salads, pizza and desserts – along with its unlimited signature breadsticks. Fazoli’s is a winner of FastCasual and Steritech’s 2020 Excellence in Food Safety Award and was named one of the “Top 50 Global Fast Casual Innovators in 2021” by Foodable, a “Top 200 Franchises in 2021” by Franchise Business Review, a FastCasual “Brand of the Year,” and an Entrepreneur 2018 “Franchise 500.” CEO Carl Howard was named among the most influential restaurant CEOs in the country in 2020 by Nation’s Restaurant News, was recognized as one of the top 25 industry leaders on FastCasual’s 2021 Top 100 Movers and Shakers list, and he and his team were recipients of the 2021 American Business Awards Gold Stevie Awards in Food & Beverage for Company of the Year and Achievement in Management.