With the uncertainty that has surrounded us recently, some amazing small business owners have stepped up to help our community in whatever way they can. We want to recognize their efforts!
Today’s Hero – Tom & Chee
Today we shine the spotlight on Tom & Chee, a locally-owned Kennesaw franchise that specializes in creative grilled cheeses and other delicious fare. During this time of social distancing, they have come up with some initiatives of their own and have helped facilitate a number of donations made possible by a generous community. Here are some of the support that they have been able to provide:
- Joining forces with Capozzi’s in East Cobb, owned by Adam Kessler, they participated in making lunches for kids in the community. Tom & Chee purchased supplies and then asked the community to donate. Through this, there were able to feed about 150 children. Tom & Chee kick-started an initial $500 worth of goods and were quickly followed by over $1800 worth of food donated by the community through Amazon and drop-offs. They have since stopped this effort once Must Ministries set their outreach in place.
- Some generous customers purchased lunch to donate to police, fire, and ambulance personnel. To date, they have received $1600 towards this effort. Also locally-owned Uptown Cheapskate are running a fundraiser that will match up to $1000 to go to Tom + Chee to continue these efforts.
- Other customers have donated funds for Tom + Chee to prepare meal to specific groups including: nurses and doctors in the ICU at Cartersville Medical, staff at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Urgent Care Kennesaw facility, Children’s Calvary Home, and more.
Owner Laura Ann Hart says, “This is our home town and we are here to serve, take care of our community, and give our employees a safe place to learn and grow. Of course, we want to grill up the best grilled cheese you have ever tasted! I can personally say it has given me hope to see how many friends and customers have stepped in to support us during these times.”
In addition to adhering to the CDC guidelines for employees, Tom + Chee is offering curbside and to-go orders, deploying their food truck upon request, and implementing e-pay capabilities to keep their customers and employees safe. Please continue to support your local small businesses like Tom + Chee!