Johnny Rockets to provide 200 daily lunches and Thank-You notes to VGH Staff
With the 28-day campaign expected to send 5,600 total meals, the restaurant is asking the public to provide notes of thanks to be stapled onto the lunch bags for hospital workers.
Vancouver, B.C. (April 9, 2020) – Johnny Rockets Canada is proud to launch Operation Rocket, an initiative to donate 200 fresh burgers, chips, and drinks daily for 28 straight days to the healthcare workers at Vancouver General Hospital. But there’s more to this than just food.
The restaurant — which is donating the staff, facilities, and the first 800 lunches, and supported by several generous sponsors, Lyra Growth Partners, Bluesky Properties, Manulife, Hager Design and others — is also hoping to collect notes of thanks and appreciation from the public to staple to the outside of each lunch bag. Operation Rocket will run from April 13 to May 10.
“Our Oak Street location is only 50 metres away from VGH which makes it one of the closest operating restaurants to the hospital so it’s on us to provide some great lunches as thanks for all their hard work and dedication to the community,” said Lewis Gelmon, the CEO for Johnny Rockets Canada. “We want to do something nice for our healthcare workers on behalf of the community so they know how much we all appreciate what they are doing.”
“To provide these 5,600 free lunches, we partnered with other local businesses which responded quickly to sponsoring this initiative, and to show healthcare workers just how much they mean to us all. Just as important as the lunches, we want to gather messages from the public so they too can have a chance to show their appreciation for the hospital staff.”
Johnny Rockets is aiming to collect a total of 5,600 notes — one to go along with each lunch bag which will include a freshly made Rocket Burger, bag of chips, and a drink. Anyone can drop off an unsealed note into the box outside of the Oak Street location (2538 Oak Street), or send it in digitally at www.johnnyrockets.ca/vgh.
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