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This Black IHOP Franchise Owner Is Providing Free Meals To Those In Need
Although businesses have been taking a hit due to mandated closures, New Jersey IHOP franchise owner Adenah Bayoh has decided to feed her community for free.
Bayoh, who currently owns 3 IHOPS across New Jersey, announced that she will serve free meals to children, parents, and disadvantaged adults beginning this week. Those in need can pick up take-out breakfast and lunch on weekdays at the pancake houses in Paterson, Newark, and Irvington.
“The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the most vulnerable people in our society,” said Bayoh in a statement. “I grew up in communities where I learned that nothing is more important than taking care of each other. No child should go without a meal because schools are closed. No adult should be hungry while navigating the risks of a global pandemic.”
In addition to her IHOP locations, Bayoh is also co-owner of Cornbread, a soul food restaurant with four locations including multiple Walmarts. Employees of those restaurants will be paid whether they work or not even though the eateries will be on limited operations for the next two weeks.
“Unprecedented times require unprecedented solutions,” added Bayoh. “This is a moment for businesses to step up and give back to the communities that support us every day. As business owners, we must invest in the safety and security of the places we call home and ensure that all of our people survive this crisis.”