As restaurant managers from across the Metroplex pulled into the Raising Cane’s Addison parking lot Tuesday morning bearing boxes of donated items, the excitement was building.
Crewmembers on hand to help unload the goods and re-load them into alarge moving van knew they were about to make a big difference in the lives of thousands of people.
To help meet the needs of residents across North Texas following the devastating tornadooutbreak of April 3rd, Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers  partnered with the North Texas Food Bank to collect non-perishable food items at their 16 restaurants throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
Over three days, hundreds of customers dropped off food, snacks, bottled water and toiletries in collection boxes.
Raising Cane’s Restaurant Support Office, based in Plano, then matched the donations made by their customers. In all, 2,666 pounds – more than two-and-a-half tons – of food was donated, which will provide approximately 4,000 meals to affected families and relief workers. Another 51 pounds of toiletries and other essential personal care products were also collected.
“We are very grateful to our customers across Dallas-Fort Worth that gave so generously to our food drive,” says Tommy Van Wolfe, operations advisor for RaisingCane’s.
“There’s a huge need for assistance for our neighbors across the Metroplex whose lives have been uprooted by the recent tornadoes, and we were determined to do our part to help out as best we could.”
All Raising Cane’s restaurant managers were asked to haul the items donated at their locations to the new Addison restaurant on Tuesday morning for consolidation prior to delivering the supplies to the North Texas Food Bank.
Founded by Todd Graves in 1996 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Raising Cane's has more than 120 restaurants in 16 states with new restaurants under construction.