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Golden Harvest gets $50,000 from fast-food franchisee

Published: Jun. 15, 2021 at 9:09 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 15, 2021 at 5:35 PM EDT
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MARTINEZ, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - A local fast-food franchisee made a big donation Tuesday to a local nonprofit.

It happened at 2:30 p.m. during the grand opening of a new Wendy’s in front of Carolina Pottery on Washington Road in Martinez.

Wendy’s franchisee Mike Iezzi and his management team at Wendgusta LLC presented a $50,000 check to the Golden Harvest Food Bank.

“They’ve done a terrific job with it, they’re such a great organization. They took us through their facility, showed us how they get all the food out to the different branches and how they were going to use the money, so we’re on for helping them out each summer,” Iezzi said.

It’s part of the company’s “Give Something Back” program.

The franchise owner says they appreciate all that Golden Harvest did during the pandemic, with many local residents experiencing food insecurity.

He says since this Wendy’s location wasn’t impacted financially as were many businesses, he felt he should give back to those helping others.

Amy Breitmann, executive director of the food bank that serves the CSRA, said Golden Harvest is grateful for the donation.

She said a previous gift from the franchisee “had significant impact during COVID and this donation will be used to directly impact four of our 25 counties due to school being out and an elevated need during the summer months.”

About the new Wendy’s

The restaurant was built using an innovative interior and exterior design, which is part of an ongoing effort to provide an enhanced customer experience — from the high-quality food to the restaurant environment.

“This restaurant has bold curb appeal and features a compelling design — inside and out,” Iezzi said

The interior showcases open, bright dining areas with multiple seating options, including booths, cozy lounge seating and a Wi-Fi bar. A beverage dispenser that allows customers to customize their drink choices with more than 100 options.

“Our ultimate goal is for our customers to have the best dining experience, and we think they will be surprised and excited about their new Wendy’s,” Iezzi said.

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