Keeping America Runnin’: Virginia Franchisees Feed Children in Need

Keeping America Runnin’: Virginia Franchisees Feed Children in Need

During this time of uncertainty in our country, stories of individuals going above and beyond to help their neighbors are rising to the top. At Dunkin’, our franchisees – all of whom are independent businesspeople - are stepping up to help keep their communities runnin’.

Take for example, Richmond, Virginia, Dunkin’ franchisees Lou and Julie Cabral. The Cabrals are helping children in their local community who may not know where their next meal will come from due to current school closures. The Cabrals are offering a free drink, breakfast sandwich and donut to school-aged children at their nine Dunkin’ restaurants in the Richmond area.

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The couple came up with the idea after taking part in several community programs, including Feed More, which assembles backpacks of food for children to bring home over the weekends.

“Being involved in all of these food bank programs we’ve done in the past, we’ve heard countless stories of kids who don’t get any food if there’s no school,” said Lou Cabral. “As a part of this tight-knit community, we take this personally. We know people are in need right now, and if we can solve some of that need, that’s what we’re here for.”

The free breakfast offer began in their Goochland, VA store, which is in the town where the Cabral family lives. “We know some of these parents, our kids are playing with some of these kids so that became personal for us. We started there, and then we just expanded to all of our other stores because we say that there was a need,” added Julie Cabral.

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As of March 17, service at Dunkin’ U.S. restaurants was temporarily limited to drive-thru ordering, carry-out and delivery, with a select number of locations also offering curbside service. Stay informed on our response to COVID-19 here and follow the stories of how our Dunkin’ community is coming together to keep America running here.

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