Local restaurant extending its free kids’ meal program during school closure

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SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — Cheesesteak Factory & Jerk House in Salem posted on their social media yesterday stating “If schools are closed for any reason we will stock up our restaurants with kids meals at no charge to the kids. For any kids who depend on them for meals/lunch…” and just shortly before we got our interview with Cheesesteak Factory’s owner Chauncey Savage, Governor Northam issued orders that all Virginia K-12 schools close for two weeks minimum.

“They just did cancel, we’re willing to extend all day every day until school reopens, so… no matter how long school is closed we will be willing to offer free kids meals to any kid thats in need of meals.”

Chauncey Savage – Owner Operator / Cheesesteak Factory & Jerk House

Several parents shared their concerns over schools closing today but said it’s nice that places of business like Cheesesteak Factory are stepping up.

“I hope that more individuals and business people step up because obviously, you know we don’t have the kind of government thats set up to take care of us that way.”

Alexa Safer – Parent

“Appreciative… I’m very appreciative that, you know their going to do this for the community and especially with whats going on and the children and everything, it’s good to think about, you know the families that need it.”

Eric Thrasher – Parent

Chauncey shares with us it’s not about money, but more about the community coming together.

“The kids are the more priority around here… I have five daughters like this one right here. You know, you gotta take care of your kids, man. They’re the future.”

Chauncey Savage – Owner Operator / Cheesesteak Factory & Jerk House

Chauncey tells us they’re not asking for donations, but says if you’d like to make a donation you’re more than welcome to do so at their Salem location. In addition, Cheesesteak Factory is currently working on being able to provide free kids meals on their food truck.


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