How Franchises Are Helping Hurricane Harvey Victims


One of the costliest storms in U.S. history plowed into southeastern Texas on August 25. His name was Hurricane Harvey. No doubt you’ve been inundated with news on the storm’s impact and, more recently, the efforts to help the affected areas recover. At FranNet, we wanted to take the time to focus on how the franchising industry is responding to the crisis. We couldn’t be more proud of the efforts our franchise partners are making to ease the suffering of so many people in need. Here are just a few examples…

Circle K: Circle-K announced that all 9,500 of its North American store locations would participate in raising funds for the American Red Cross. In addition, Circle K’s parent company donated $100,000 to the Red Cross for immediate support of its employees and the community. In addition, Circle K also kick-started an internal fundraising drive to assist its employees affected by the crisis, beginning with an internal company donation of $150,000.

Jersey Mike’s: More than 1,300 Jersey Mike’s Subs franchises across the country have teamed up with the Houston and Corpus Christi Food Banks to aid Texas residents affected by the storm. The franchise also announced that beginning Monday, Sep. 11 through Sunday, Sep. 17, all participating Jersey Mike’s locations will donate $1 for every regular sized No. 7 Turkey Breast and Provolone sub sold. Jersey Mike’s will also offer special cards for a free sub in exchange for a $2 donation to the food banks. The company expects to raise more than half a million dollars. 

Papa John’s: The pizza giant’s Houston stores got some well-deserved media attention for providing free pizza to first responders. The organization also coordinated an effort to deliver more than 3,000 pizzas directly to NRG Stadium, feeding those who have sheltered there for the time being. On Sep. 3, Papa John’s has made a commitment to donate $500,000 in relief to storm victims.

Buffalo Wild Wings: The fast casual chain announced that from Sep. 3 through Sep. 17, participating franchise locations will match in-restaurant donations received from patrons, for an amount up to $100,000.

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt: The self-serve yogurt franchise has announced plans to host a special fundraiser for the victims affected by Hurricane Harvey. On Saturday, Sep. 9, participating Menchie’s franchise stores are set to donate 10 percent of all sales to the American Red Cross.

On The Border: All of the franchise’s restaurants in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, along with Waco and College Station-based locations, will be donating 20 percent from guest’s checks, on request, toward disaster relief in the affected areas of Texas. The fundraiser will be a one-day event, slated for Wednesday, Sep. 6.

Little Caesar’s: A mobile, big-rig pizza kitchen, affectionately named “the Little Caesar’s Love Kitchen,” is currently out on the road throughout Texas, feeding victims and first responders affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Children’s Lighthouse: Franchisees in the Dallas/Fort Worth area have now modified their childcare centers into donation drop-off areas, accepting numerous supplies for Hurricane Harvey victims. Among the collected items include toiletries, blankets, baby formula/baby food, diapers, and wipes. Employees of the franchises have even made trips to Houston to help deliver and pass out the collected supplies.

Russo’s New York Pizzeria: With its corporate operations based in Houston, the franchise organization worked overtime to get their locations back up and running after the storm’s impact subsided, with the aim of providing food to those in need. In addition, Russo’s locations have redoubled their efforts to deliver pizzas to organizations and shelters throughout the affected areas of Houston. 

Examples like these show the united spirit of corporate and individual franchisees to reach out to those in need, especially in times of crisis. FranNet is very proud to work with these and other franchise organizations on the front lines trying to bring relief to the many displaced victims of Hurricane Harvey. There is no doubt our franchise industry partners are up to the challenge…and we may have another concern right on our doorstep. At the time of this writing, Hurricane Irma spins in the Atlantic, ready to take aim at Florida. 

Come what may, we’re confident in how our franchise brothers and sisters will respond.

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