Burger King partnership with suppliers benefits nurses and police
Lermena Edwards (left), Assistant Manager at Burger King Boulevard presents a package of sandwiches to Corporal Branford from Kingston West Police Station
Jamaica’s police officers and nurses on the frontline of the coronavirus (COVI-19) pandemic are the most recent beneficiaries of meal donations from Burger King and its supplier, Best Dressed Chicken.
For 21 days (March 30 to April 19), Burger King with support from their supplier, Best Dressed Chicken are providing 27,447 jerk chicken sandwiches to 1,307 Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and Ministry of Health staff.
This donation follows the provision of 24,000 Burger King sandwiches and 12,800 Scholastic toys to PATH students, which was supported by suppliers Yummy Bakery (donating 50 per cent of the buns for the sandwiches) and Nestle (donating 6,000 ready to drink nutritional beverages).
Lisa Lake, Group CEO, Restaurant Associates Limited, franchisees of Burger King, Popeyes and Little Caesar’s said that “Burger King recognises and thanks the security and health workers for their tireless efforts in delivering essential services in the face of COVID-19.”
“We’re committed to playing our part in overcoming obstacles during this crisis and are thankful that our suppliers have partnered with us to make a difference,” she added.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Richard Stewart said “the JCF welcomes Burger King’s contribution to the maintenance of police services by making lunch accessible to our frontline officers. This voluntary response by Burger King during this period of national crisis is testimony to its alertness and concern for the well-being of its citizens.”
Courtney Cephas, Executive Director of the Health For Life and Wellness Foundation of the Ministry of Health, said that “the donation from Burger King would not only greatly reduce the burden on the financial resources of the Ministry but the overwhelming joy and appreciation that was expressed by the benefitting frontline workers across the island is truly heartfelt”.
Meanwhile, Burger King’s partners in the initiatives also expressed thanks to them for the opportunity to “give back” to Jamaica.
Michael Jones, Sales and Marketing Director of Best Dressed Chicken said that “Giving back to the community is important. It is part of who we are as a company. Through this challenging time for our nation, we are proud to partner with Restaurant Associates Limited on this Initiative with product support. We commend the medical and security staff that are working tirelessly in the fight against COVID-19.”
Nestle Jamaica, Health and Wellness Foundation General Manager, Garfene Grandison said that the company takes its slogan “enhancing your quality of life”, very seriously and feels it “has an obligation to help those who are most important to us - our community members. This partnership with Restaurant Associates is one of the many relief efforts we are happy to be a part of to show that Nestle Cares.”
Burger King Jamaica, since 1984 has contributed to numerous community development and youth empowerment initiatives, such as their scholarship programme that awards millions annually in scholarships, bursaries and grants.