Tuesday, April 7 brings the third weekly installment of The Great American Takeout, an initiative to aid the struggling foodservice community during the ongoing coronavirus crisis by encouraging Americans to support the establishments they love by ordering pick-up or delivery meals.
This week, a takeout order could lead to one lucky individual winning free takeout for a year. As part of its Shift4 Cares initiative created to put $200 million back into local communities, Shift4 Payments is giving one winner $5,000 to be used at their favorite restaurants. Customers are encouraged to post a picture of their takeout or delivery meal on Instagram or Twitter during The Great American Takeout on Tuesday, April 7, along with the hashtags #TheGreatAmericanTakeout and #Shift4Sweepstakes, and tag @TheGATakeout (on Twitter) or @thegreatamericantakeout (on Instagram), and they’ll be entered for a chance to win.
“As COVID-19 continues to impact every aspect of our day-to-day lives, restaurants are being hit especially hard,” says Nate Hirshberg, vice president of marketing for Shift4 Payments. “Through our Shift4 Cares initiative, we’ve committed to raising over $200 million for our restaurant customers. By partnering with The Great American Takeout, we hope to help restaurants of all sizes weather this storm.”
Additionally, Shift4 Payments and Tyson Foodservice will donate to the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund (RERF.US) based on social media posts supporting #TheGreatAmericanTakeout on April 7. For every social post tagged with #TheGreatAmericanTakeout, Tyson Foodservice will make a $5 donation, up to $25,000, and Shift4 Payments will make a $1 donation, up to $10,000, to the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund. The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation created RERF.US to support US restaurant workers financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, and to provide aid to restaurant employees nationwide.
“We are proud to support restaurant operators by participating in #TheGreatAmericanTakeout to raise money for the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund,” says Johnny Hughes, senior vice president for Tyson Foodservice Sales. “Each day we strive to develop unique and creative ways to support operators, and we commit to being by their side throughout this journey.”