In March, millions of American workers traded in their cubicles and commutes for couches and corner (of the bedroom) offices. While working from home does come with certain perks like a sweatpants-only dress code, one of the many drawbacks has been a less than desirable lunch experience for those who had become accustomed to freebie workplace snacks and catered lunch meetings.

According to new research from fast casual restaurant brand Schlotzsky’s, America is feeling the lunchtime blues. Half (50 percent) of remote workers say they don’t look forward to lunch as much as they did when working at the office and 52% report they are running out of ideas for what to eat for lunch while working from home. Thirty-one percent say their WFH lunches are ‘nothing to brag about’ and 36% say their mother would be ashamed if she knew what they ate for lunch most days.

To combat this lackluster lunch trend, Schlotzsky’s is announcing their “Work From Home Lunch Upgrade” campaign to give away 5,000 free lunches and a chance to dine virtually with one of America’s favorite Office-mates. Brian Baumgartner, best known for playing Kevin on the American version of The Office has partnered with Schlotzsky’s for the campaign. “I am a really big lunch guy so when the opportunity came up to work with Schlotzsky’s I was all in,” said Baumgartner. “Their sandwiches are delicious and select locations even serve chili if you know what I’m saying.”

“Like a lot of other says in this pandemic, the lunch hour has really taken a hit for those working remotely,” said Seth Freeman, Vice President, Marketing, Schlotzsky’s. “These days folks are at home juggling work and a million other things so this is an opportunity to treat our fans with exactly what they need right now – lunch on us – a craveable meal that they can look forward to enjoying.”

How it works:

From November 18 – November 20, the first 5,000 people to tweet @schlotzskys or post on Facebook with an image of your pitiful WFH (work from home) lunch and include the hashtag #wfhlunchupgrade and #entry will receive a free lunch* on us.

Schlotzsky’s will DM you a unique promo code.

Download the Schlotzsky’s app and click “Promo Code” to redeem a free lunch.

Every entry will trigger a donation to Feeding Texas, the largest anti-hunger organization in Texas, on behalf of Schlotzsky’s. Up to 5,000 meals will be donated.

Ten lucky entrants will win a virtual lunch with Brian Baumgartner who played the lovable Kevin in The Office. We can’t wait to see what his cold open might be to this ultra-feast.

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