With the global pandemic hitting every individual and business hard in the face, everyone is trying to step up for ensuring their survival through these tough times. However, there are a bunch of people who are not only surviving themselves but are also lending a helping hand to those in need. One such gesture was shown by a Virginia restaurant, Perfectly Frank, which is ensuring that the community makes it through what are still challenging times by offering people one free meal a day no questions asked.
Perfectly Frank, which bills itself as "an original hot dog joint," launched a campaign called "Franks For Friends" earlier this month. Customers can pay for meals for strangers and leave the receipt pinned to a wooden board as a gracious gesture. Anyone who is hungry but unable to pay for a meal can select a receipt from the board and redeem it for free food.
Tarah Morris, the restaurant's owner, stated on Facebook that she was initially concerned that people would take advantage of the generous offer. However, she quickly realized that, in the end, helping people isn't a risk. It's a bonus.
In February a customer at the restaurant left each of its 15 staff members a $100 tip each, as well as an extra $500 to feed the hungry in the neighborhood. Inspired by her generosity, Franks for Friends was born. ( Tarrah Morris)
She quoted, “One takeout meal, per customer, per day. No questions asked. It has been the most uplifting experience and I’m so grateful to be a part of it.”
During the scariest part of the pandemic, our customers donated money, to the tune of $13,000, to help us feed the less fortunate in our community. It was intense trying to juggle all of the changes going on in the restaurant world along with our new exciting projects. ( Tarrah Morris)
The initiative was launched two weeks ago and has received a tremendous response. Pictures on the internet show a slew of receipts waiting to be posted on the board.
‘I haven't had a chance to total up all the donations, but Franks For Friends appears to be here to stay for the foreseeable future,' she says. Morris stated.
Whereas the current situation is quite frightening, people like Tarah Morris have demonstrated exceptional and exemplary courage to anyone who is capable of lending a helping hand to anyone in need.