J. Christopher’s is a proud supporter of its local communities, holding fundraising drives throughout the year with money donated by customers and oftentimes matched by the restaurant, or by donation when a featured menu item is ordered. Each season brings a different cause:
October kicks off J. Cristopher’s annual support for breast cancer research and Susan G. Komen of Central Tennessee (Greater Nashville) with $1 of each Pumpkin Pancakes order and 50₵ of each Pumpkin Spice Latte order being donated to the organization. Since 2009, J. Christopher’s has raised over $15,000 to support breast cancer research and education.
About Susan G. Komen (national): Founded in 1982, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, formerly known as The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, has played a critical role in every major advance in the fight against breast cancer. Currently, there are about 3 million breast cancers survivors, the largest group of cancer survivors in the U.S.
About Susan G. Komen (Greater Nashville): The Nashville Chapter is fighting breast cancer in the greater Nashville area by funding programs that support and provide education about breast cancer risk actors, the importance of early detection and the resources that are available to them. To learn more visit www.komennashville.org.
J. Christopher’s believes everyone deserves a hearty, healthy breakfast — that’s why throughout the month of October, J. Christopher’s was honored to offer support for the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) and MUST Ministries (MUST). J. Christopher’s made donations to the ACFB and MUST (up to $500 for each charity) for each order of the following our Seasonal Specialty Menu items, including $1 per oder of our delicious Pumpkin Pancakes and $0.50 per Pumpkin Latte.
The Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) distributes more than 50 million pounds of food and grocery products each year from a 129,600 square-foot facility in N.W. Atlanta. The product is accessed by 600 partner nonprofits that provide food assistance to families and individuals in 29 counties across metro Atlanta and north Georgia. ACFB is a member of Feeding America, the national network of more than 200 food banks. For more information on the Food Bank, visit www.acfb.org, and for more information on Feeding America visit www.feedingamerica.org.
MUST Ministries serves 30,000 of your neighbors in need each year. This monumental effort requires financial support and a host of volunteers to assist the MUST team in providing groceries, housing, emergency shelter, hot meals, cold weather shelter, Summer Lunches for hungry children, Christmas Toy Shops, employment services, Thanksgiving boxes, permanent supportive housing for disabled veterans and others, school food pantries and more. Most of the people served are women and children. To get involved at one of our nine locations or make a donation, go to www.mustministries.org.
In addition to these remarkable charities, we were pleased to extend our October offer to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia (Athens) and Depaul USA (Macon).
The Food Bank of Northeast Georgia is a non-profit organization that aims towards ending hunger as part of an overall community effort to alleviate poverty. The Food Bank serves 14 counties in northeast Georgia and delivered over 9 million meals last year. Georgia is one of the states with the highest population of food insecure residents. Many of the families affected skip meals or don’t have enough food for all members of the household. These families often have to make decisions as whether to pay bills or purchase food. One of the Food Bank’s goals is to reduce homelessness by helping families remain in their homes by providing food and clothing so they can use their limited financial resources for rent, utilities, etc. The Food Bank has several partner agencies as well as targeted programs that ensure families in northeast Georgia have food.
In November 2012, Depaul USA opened Daybreak’s doors to welcome people who were homeless and impoverished in Macon to a day resource center where they could begin to build lives of stability. The concept was radically simple: provide a place of rest, a welcoming place to be, and invite everyone to come in, the people who were homeless and impoverished to be served by volunteers. Provide basic, critical services – – showers, laundry, internet and computer and telephone access — in an atmosphere that fosters respect for each individual. Build relationships between people, whether they live in a house or not. Create community. Five years later, Daybreak continues to compassionately support approximately 1,600 people a year who are facing homelessness and help them move toward housing stability and lives of greater dignity.
Depaul USA is a nonprofit organization serving six US cities: Chicago, Little Rock, Macon, New Orleans, Philadelphia and St. Louis; Depaul USA is part of Depaul International, a worldwide family of charities working with people who are marginalized and homeless. For those interested in getting involved, contact Sister Theresa Sullivan at 478-216-9119.
In honor of our nation’s Veterans, J. Christopher’s is giving a free meal on November 11th to all Veterans when they show a valid I.D. (valid at all 22 locations throughout Georgia and Tennessee). J. Christopher’s will also be donating $1,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project to help raise awareness, provide employment opportunities, and provide programs and services to meet the needs of injured service men and women.
J. Christophers is an avid supporter of our military troops—active and Veterans—honoring those who have served, and are serving our country every day. We are giving Veterans a free meal on November 11th to show of our appreciation for the numerous sacrifices they have made to keep our hopes alive and borders safe!
In response to a community need, J. Christopher’s developed the Adopt-a-Family program to provide local families with basic household goods and clothing items, as well as toys, books and school supplies, to ensure they too can have a happy holiday season. Additionally, the J. Christopher’s Adopt-a-Family program has helped transition several families into more permanent housing. Since 2008, more than 48 families have been adopted.
About Adopt-a-Family: Families are selected based on need and circumstance with the help of local schools and Social Services throughout the greater Atlanta region. Many families have undergone some hardship, leaving them without the basics and oftentimes a place to live. To learn more or to get involved, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the past four years, J. Christopher’s has been a proud supporter of Make-A-Wish® Georgia. With the support of their compassionate employees and customers, J. Christopher’s has helped to grant 12 wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses during their commitment to the organization. Some of these include wishes to go to Disney World®, to go on a fishing trip vacation and to have a backyard playset.
About Make-A-Wish Georgia: Founded in 1995, Make-A-Wish Georgia grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. To date, the Georgia chapter has granted over 6,000 wishes to local children. According to a 2011 study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed say that a wish-come-true can affect a child’s health outcomes. Kids say that wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences strengthen the entire family.
The impact that a wish has on a child serves as inspiration for J. Christopher’s to continue to grant wishes that change the lives of the wish children in our communities. To learn more about getting involved with Make-A-Wish, please visit www.georgia.wish.org.
Stay tuned! We’re cooking up something special for the summer.
And to further reinforce its civic support, military, fire and police personnel receive 50 percent off of their meal when they show their Military ID.