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Auburn’s Munchies gives to first-responders in “Feed The Frontline” campaign

Munchies restaurant in Auburn donated over 300 meals on Friday, May 8th to the Auburn Community Hospital, Police Station, Fire Companies, EMT, State Troopers, The Home, Auburn 911, and DCI/University Dialysis as a thank you for working tirelessly on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While going over Friday’s game plan on Thursday evening Munchies lost power. “We had no idea what we were going to do come Friday morning if the power didn’t come back on,” says Marketing Director Peini Spinazzola. Luckily, the power came back on just in time for the kitchen crews to start cooking! “It was such a relief. We were just getting ready to call all of the delivery locations to reschedule,” says Peini.

Munchies was joined by Krispy Krunchy Chicken(KKC) Business Development Manager, Bill Woodcock, who donated 100 meals. Bill and two representatives from KKC met the Munchies crew in Auburn to help prepare, package, and deliver the meals.

Before heading to the Auburn Community Hospital, they were met by Officer Vincent Carnicelli and Community Policing Sergeant Christine Gilfus for an escort to the hospital so all participants could show their gratitude to the hospital workers.

“We are so thankful for the support we’ve received from the Community of Auburn”, said Chris Fiorello, Director of Business Development, “We really couldn’t have done it without them”.

Munchies also started a fundraiser on Facebook and the support that was received was overwhelming, Munchies raised $500 to go towards meals and will match each donation dollar for dollar.

“We want to donate at least 500 meals”, stated Doug Nolan, CEO of Munchies, “it feels great to give back to the frontline, that has risked their lives to help all of us.”

Judy Shutter, Manager at Munchies, stated that “We truly appreciate all you do for our community. Your courageous acts are truly inspirational to us all. Thank you”.

”We are very grateful for the first responders and are proud to be able to give back to those who have given us all so much,” said District Manager, Jimmy Corella.

Friday was a long day for everyone. Over 600 chicken tenders were fried, over 300 biscuits were cooked, and over 300 meals were delivered. The Munchies and KKC crews were exhausted, but their hearts were warm.

Munchies will deliver an additional 100 meals this coming Friday and is currently offering a 25% discount for all first-responders.