You may know Wendy's from the commercials asking "where's the beef?" but founder Dave Thomas, himself a foster child, was always strongly involved in the communities his restaurants served. Jennifer and David Ivey, who purchased four area Wendy's locations in 2009 have taken Thomas' approach to heart and are doing what is right!
"When Dave Thomas started Wendy's back in the 1960's in Ohio, he always believed in giving back and being involved in the community. For us that means more than serving great food and a restaurant where people can come and gather, but also getting outside the our restaurant and giving back to the community" said Jennifer Ivey.
In just the two years that the Ivey's have owned the local franchise, they have raised money and helped out the Dougherty and Lee County School systems, Albany State Universtiy and Darton College, Foster Care Awareness and the Lily Pad. One new project of note happens this week.
Jennifer Ivey tells us that "right now were doing a local sponsorship with the Kinchafoonee Primary School that this Thursday will all be here and we will be giving back ten percent of our proceeds on Thursday night. We're also gonna be selling frosty key tags for the school and they hope to raise well over five thousand dollars in selling those and it's a little key chain you can use for the rest of the year when you come to one of our Wendy's you get a free frosty".
This business has been a big help to our community inside and outside the restaurant .
The owners believe that not only are they trying to change their service and culture, they are really genuine, friendly, and offer fast customer service in their own restaurants and outside in the community.