The effects of COVID-19 on the restaurant industry have been well-documented. Owners, employees, vendors, and customers have all suffered because of this global pandemic. Fundraising organizations, which have historically worked with restaurants to host mutually beneficial fundraiser events, have also felt the pain.
Due to restaurant capacity constraints and limited staffing, many restaurants have shelved their in-store fundraiser programs. But that’s not the case with Jason’s Deli, a family-owned deli restaurant chain with 260-plus locations in 27 states.
“Fundraising plays such an important role in supporting the schools and organizations in our communities,” said Gracie Prasanson, Director of Sales at Jason’s Deli. “We felt the contactless experience would be a benefit as it allows us to open up participation in fundraising to curbside and pick up.”
With the help of DonationScout, an online virtual assistant that streamlines and automates the fundraiser event management process, Jason’s has stepped up by not only continuing to offer fundraising events, but by offering a contactless option, as well.
The process of hosting a fundraiser at Jason’s Deli has never been easier. Organizations simply request an available date with a location at www.jasonsdeli.com/fundraisers. Once approved, organizations receive confirmation along with a calendar invitation, instructions on how to access their event marketing material, and best practices on how to host a successful event. A QR code on the marketing flyer means that organizations can dine-in or order online on the day of the event, and both sales totals will contribute to the overall donation (typically 15% of sales).
“We were happy to create a contactless solution for Jason’s,” said Charley Donaldson, CEO of DonationScout. Our goal is to provide restaurants a technology solution that enables them to host more events with less hassle. We also pride ourselves on being agile and nimble, and the automated marketing flyer with QR codes for online ordering is a prime example of how we help our clients solve problems.”
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