Raising Cane’s Crew Sews 1,000 Masks for OSF Healthcare Little Company of Mary Medical Center
Popular chicken finger restaurant gives back to Community with donations
CHICAGO (May 19, 2020) – Committed to being an active community partner, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers is finding new ways to give back as part of its “Cane’s In The Moment”initiative.
While the majority of its 500 restaurants are open and serving customers through its drive-thrus, some of its dine-in-only restaurants have shifted operations to support their local communities until they can once again prepare their ONE LOVE® – quality chicken finger meals.
One of the innovative ways Cane’s Crew members have been giving back is by sewing three-ply cloth masks. On May 19th, 1,000 of these masks were donated to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, IL.
“I haven’t ever sewn before but I’m a quick learner and I love being able to do this for my community,” said Raising Cane’s General Manager and Mask Maker Rachael Morgan.
Teams of Crew members are being paid to produce the masks,many of whom had never sewn before this initiative began. The teams work in block-schedule shifts in adherence with the company’s social distancing procedures.
“Our team is extremely proud to have the opportunity to step up and support our community in such a unique and meaningful way,” said Leader of Restaurants Olivia Fazzola. “Healthcare workers are putting their Community first, and we are honored to show our appreciation to them with these donations.”
“We are excited to have been chosen as the recipient of these handmade masks. This thoughtful donation will help us stay safe and healthy as we care for all those who come to us during this unprecedented time,” said Octavia Bonds, Community Relations Coordinator, OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center.
Raising Cane’s is also supporting local healthcare workers with its nationwide neck-gaiter campaign. Local Chicago area restaurants continue to sell their limited-edition supply, and 100% of the net proceeds made from these sales will be donated to Loyola Medical.
“We [Loyola Athletics] are always grateful to work with incredible partners, but we have been especially proud to work with Raising Cane’s over the last couple months as their team has rolled up their sleeves to help those in need. Their commitment to the local community by using their resources to lend a hand, meal or mask has been inspiring to see during these trying times.” Phil Carden, General Manager, Rambler Sports Properties.
Through their partnerships with Loyola Athletics, Chicago Wolves and Oak Lawn Community High School, Raising Cane’s has been able to provide over 1,250 meals across the Chicago area to healthcare workers. This includes multiple Loyola Medicine facilities near Berwyn, Christ Advocate Hospital in Oak Lawn, Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, Northwestern Medical Delnor in Geneva and Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, among others.
“We have not furloughed any Raising Cane’s Crew member, in keeping with our company’s mantra ‘No Crew member Left Behind™,’” said Raising Cane’s Founder & CEO Todd Graves. “Of our 500 restaurants, we have a handful that are closed because they don’t have a drive-thru. We may not be able to serve chicken fingers at these locations, but our Crew members are finding creative new ways to serve their communities and the brave men and women that are serving on the front lines.”
Raising Cane’s always operates with the highest standards of food safety, cleanliness and health, and recently, its restaurants have taken even greater measures. Restaurants will continue to serve Customers via drive-thru.
ABOUT RAISING CANE'S®: Founded by Todd Graves in 1996, RAISING CANE'S CHICKEN FINGERS has more than 500 restaurants in 28 states, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates with multiple new restaurants under construction. The company has ONE LOVE®—quality chicken finger meals—and is continually recognized for its unique business model and customer satisfaction. Raising Cane’s vision is to have restaurants all over the world and be the brand for quality chicken finger meals, a great crew, cool culture and active community involvement.