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COVID-19 caused a few of our long-time Chicago Shares’ participating Loop area “sandwich shop” eateries to close.
So, our board contacted Jewel’s corporate office and asked for assistance in signing up more stores as accepting merchants.
Jewel response was to enroll 14 additional stores -- bringing our total up to 20 that now accept Chicago Shares vouchers.
However, our work is not done!
For example, we’re looking forward to adding Jewel Stores on the South side of Chicago.
Further, as we return to more normal times, we’ll want to sell Shares at various churches in the neighborhoods that have participating Jewel stores.
What’s more, we’ll plan to sign up small eateries (“sandwich shops”) as program participants when COVID restrictions are lifted and life returns to normal in all parts of the city.
Finally, we’ll need a team of volunteer ambassadors to occasionally check-in with our network of Jewel Stores and to suggest other stores that might participate – and churches that would be willing to sell vouchers.