A total of about $30,000 came to the Mountaineer "to help us purchase what we do," she said. Another $20,000 went to buy refrigerators, freezers, an industrial stove and shelving for food pantries in the Wood County area near a Parkersburg Walmart.
The Bistro Group "virtual" food drive is a smaller effort, but no amount of food is small when a family is hungry, said Nardella. "It takes every bit - all the food drives, all the little donations, everything helps.
"A lot of times, I'll tell people when talking to them about doing a food drive -- you get kind of busy. It's so easy to say, 'Oh, shoot! I forgot that can of soup and that grocery bag on the kitchen table.' But, boy, if you're on the other end and that can of soup is the only thing you've got to eat, it's your whole world."
For the T.G.I. Friday's promotion, a can of food is donated when people 'like' this page: Facebook.com/EatAtTGIFridays. A can is also donated if people go to T.G.I Friday's Can For A Fan Pinterest board, Pinterest.com/eatattgifridays/canforafan/ and like the Mountaineer Food Bank pinned logo.
But diners at the restaurant can also use their smart phone to scan the QR code for "Can for a Fan" found inside the T.G.I. Friday's menu, which will count toward a can of food, said The Bistro Group's Dancu.
"The intention is to make it as easy and simple from the point of sale in the restaurant," she said. "So, while they're waiting for their appetizers, they have just donated a can of food to the Mountaineer Food Bank."
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