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Give To The Needy, Get A Free Sub Today At Subway

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CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 08: In this photo illustration a sandwich and drink is seen at a Subway restaurant on March 8, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo illustration by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL – MARCH 08: In this photo illustration a sandwich and drink is seen at a Subway restaurant on March 8, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo illustration by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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DETROIT (WWJ) – It’s a chance to cut few calories, satisfy your hunger and feed the needy all at once, Thursday at Subway.

The sandwich chain is hosting its 14th Annual “Feed a Friend” food drive, going on at stores across the state on March 20. Any customer who brings in a canned or non-perishable food item, then buys a six-inch sub—will get a second six-inch sandwich for free.

Bob Richardson, a Subway franchise owner for 23 years, started the “Feed a Friend” food drive, and says that the goal is to keep the food collected close to home.

“This is the beautiful thing about it, all the food stays to the shelters that are closest to the stores which they are collected,” Richardson told WWJ Newsradio 950. “So when you bring in your canned food item, you know it’s going to stay right there in your own hometown, to feed the people that are in need right near your home.”

According to Richardson, it’s been a well thought out process in developing a relationship between stores and state food pantries to feed local communities.

“They’ve coordinated with the state-wide food pantries to get lists to get addresses of all the stores,” he said. “And then they picked out the closest active food pantry to that store, and that’s where all the food that that store collects goes to that food pantry.”

The food drive at Subway runs Thursday, March 20 only until close.

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