On April 12, Firehouse Subs, a chain of sub shops founded and headquartered in Jacksonville, received a 2016 National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Restaurant Neighbor award for its role in fundraising to increase the safety of communities in 44 states and Puerto Rico.
Through the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, Firehouse Subs has worked to increase the safety of over 1,000 communities in 44 states and Puerto Rico. Established in 2005, the Foundation has granted more than $17 million to 1,250 fire, police, EMS, and public safety organizations. The programs supported by these efforts provide communities with life-saving equipment, public safety scholarships, and disaster relief, among other services.
For nearly 20 years, the Restaurant Neighbor Award, developed in partnership with American Express, has highlighted outstanding charitable service and philanthropy in the hospitality industry. Recipients of the 2016 Restaurant Neighbor Award receive a $10,000 contribution to continue supporting their charitable initiatives.
The NRAEF Awards elevate philanthropic initiatives, celebrate diversity, and recognize exemplary leadership.