Giving back to the community; that's part of Hungry Jacks motto.
On Tuesday, December 1, team members from Hungry Jacks around the Central West came to Lithgow Information and Neighbourhood Centre (LINC) to give them a huge donation.
The crew unpacked over 15 boxes of non perishable items for LINC's food pantry, where the products received will be used for Christmas Hampers.
Lithgow Hungry Jacks manager Lupe Vakalahi said that her team got together last month to discuss what they could do for the local communities.
"We wanted to come together and help give back to the communities who support us," she said.
Adam Jones said that COVID had affected businesses all around the Central West including their own.
"We aren't an international chain so we felt the impacts of COVID as well," he said.
Knowing how much COVID had impacted the community, Hungry Jacks wanted to give back to those who had suffered hardships.
Each month Hungry Jacks will do a good community deed for Lithgow, Dubbo, Orange and Bathurst.
"It is good to see our young crew members get involved, because it shows them that giving is an amazing thing to do," Lupe said.
LINC general manager Lydia Commins said that she thought it was fantastic for Hungry Jacks as an organisation to reach out and help people in need.
"These hampers that we will be making will help so many people, and it is really powerful for their mental health and they can open up and we can help them, and now Hungry Jacks has played a part in helping these community members," she said.
"We were extremely chuffed to get the call from Lupe saying Hungry Jacks wanted to do such a good deed."
Lydia said it was great that younger staff members were learning the importance of helping out the community.
"If they learn that when they are young they are more likely to continue doing so well into adult hood," she said.
LINC Community Hub manager Leanne Walding said they could now bundle hampers and knock on doors to deliver them.
"That really has a flow on effect because when you deliver something personally people feel like someone does care about them, and whether you make a small or big difference to that persons day, it's such a wonderful feeling," she said.
"It's a hand up not a hand out."
Lupe only moved to the area over 12 months ago and didn't know too many community groups so she took to Facebook to see what different organisations were doing.
"I did some research and saw that LINC kept popping up so I decided to reach out and I found out about all the good work they do," she said.
"After speaking with Lydia we decided this would be the best way to help.
"All our staff donated items and I kept reminding them in the lead up to clean out their cupboards and if there was anything their parents didn't need to put it in the box."