During a time that has brought many business operations to a screeching halt in response to drastic COVID-19 social distancing measures, companies all across the country are finding ways to give back to their respective communities. One such company is New Orleans-based juice and smoothie bar franchise Main Squeeze Juice Company, whose ownership group includes current New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead and former Saints wide receiver Marques Colston.
On Monday, March 30, Morstead and Main Squeeze delivered 1,400 immune-boosting shots to the frontline staff at eight different medical and health facilities throughout New Orleans and Baton Rouge. The ingredients in these shots are known to awaken one's immune system due to the high content of vitamin C and antioxidants, as well as give individuals a boost of energy from a cayenne pepper kick.
“During this coronavirus pandemic, our selfless healthcare workers are spending long hours assisting those in need and are on the front lines combating the disease in our community,” says Morstead. “This is the very least we can do to show our appreciation and thank them for the hard work they do every day. We wouldn’t be here without them.”
Moving forward, Main Squeeze plans to make similar deliveries every Monday as part of what they’re calling “Main Squeeze Mondays” and they’re encouraging others to help them in the fight to “Squeeze Out COVID” by donating to the company’s “Squeeze Fund.”
Those interested in donating to the fund can do so by visiting www.squeezeoutcovid.com. All proceeds will go towards providing Louisiana and Texas healthcare workers with immune boosting shots, juices, and smoothies.
“I think it’s an obligation for anyone who’s in a position to help out,” Morstead says during Monday’s delivery at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans’ Jefferson neighborhood. “This is something that’s going to affect everyone in some way or another, and our response to it will dictate how good or bad the results are.”
In addition, Main Squeeze is offering 50% off any purchase for healthcare professionals at all locations until the end of April. All other customers can get a free shot with the purchase of a regular smoothie (24 oz), bowl or juice now until April 30. Limit one per customer.