McDonald’s businessman has provided about 10,000 free meals to people in response to hurricane Laura that recently occurred in Louisiana. This is the most powerful hurricane that has ever happened in Louisiana since 1856.
All thanks to the generous McDonald’s franchise owner for thinking of distributing free meals to residents of storm-ravaged Lake Charles in Louisiana. Distributing freshly-made meals is a good decision as this will help people who have suffered the wrath of hurricane Laura.
When Rikesh Patel, who operates 25 McDonald’s locations in Louisiana realized the full impact of the hurricane the day Laura made its landfall, he immediately knew he had to do something.
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Pictures don’t do it justice. It’s so much worse than what you’re seeing on social media.Rikesh Patel
On realizing that fresh meals wouldn’t be easy to come by for people affected by Laura’s wrath, Patel called the corporate headquarters pleading for help. The McRig, a portable kitchen was immediately dispatched from a Kentucky location.
Patel and his restaurant staff ran the extreme food truck for six days, sharing 10,000 free meals which included McDonald’s fries, bottled water, and cheeseburgers.
McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc believed we must give back to [the] communities that we do business in. Thank you to our amazing crew and managers for making this belief come alive.Patel
According to Patel, 90% of residents and some businesses have no access to electricity or running water for over two weeks after Laura struck. The majority of Patel’s employees were forced to evacuate the area, while some came back to help serve the free meals. Patel ‘s employees were offered time and half pay which included housing if needed, to assist.
We know that the rebuilding process will take a lot of time. But we know that Lake Charles is going to come through this and that we’ll be stronger than ever.Patel