McDonald’s Gives Away Backpacks To Students

AACM Reconnect Project in Atlanta

McDonald’s demonstrates true value (Atlanta Daily World – August 26, 2016)

McDonald’s is serving more than good food fast. Throughout Atlanta, McDonald’s is hosting events where church and community leaders come together to discuss issues in the African American community. These meetings are hosted at McDonald’s restaurants that are owned by members of the African American community. These African American small business operators provide employment and valuable resources to the communities they serve.

The hosted events at McDonald’s are called “Conversations with the Community.” “My McDonald’s is happy to host Conversations with the Community, bringing people together to discuss what is going on and what is needed,” said Leon Goodrum, one of the local McDonald’s owners. “These conversations help us to plan for the well-being of our communities.” The first three conversations took place at McDonald’s restaurants in East Point and Riverdale. These events will continue through the fall at various McDonald’s in the metro area.

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Washington, D.C. Area McDonald’s Gives Local Educators A Taste of Teacher Tuesdays

Each year, the Prince George’s County Educators’ Association in Maryland inducts thousands of new employees during its three-day Professional Employee Induction Program. This year, D.C. area McDonald’s Owner/Operator Mary Navies donated 20 gallons of McCafé coffee to introduce nearly 1,000 new educators to the “Teacher Tuesday” program. Mary and her daughter/next generation program candidate, Imani Navies, welcomed the teachers with free coffee, Be Our Guest Cards, and handouts promoting “Teacher Tuesdays.“ The McDonald’s Family Restaurants of Greater Washington, D.C. also donated Arch Cards for a new teacher raffle.

The event was a great opportunity to increase awareness about “Teacher Tuesdays” and showcase McDonald’s Owner/Operators community engagement. This is the third year the McDonald’s Washington, D.C. Co-Op has implemented this initiative to thank local educators for their contributions and commitment to developing the next generation of leaders.