Need a lunch idea today? Jersey Mike’s is running a Day of Giving where every cent of sales until close goes to local charities. That’s a bighearted move by the sub chain Americans should already thank for disseminating the pork roll outside of New Jersey — most fast-food charity drives call it quits around the 20-percent-of-sales mark, or ask customers to donate to charities directly, like in IHOP’s case on National Pancake Day. But everything Jersey Mike’s 1,200-plus locations pull in today (it was $4 million last year) will benefit nearly 150 different groups, including schools, hospitals, youth organizations, and food banks. Sales in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut go to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, but the list of nonprofit partners that franchisees chose really covers all the bases. It’s the culmination of Jersey Mike’s broader Month of Giving, an annual event since 2010 that’s raised more than $20 million so far. Like you needed an excuse for a cheesesteak anyways.
Why not? Photo: Jersey Mike’s