One national fast food chain is putting their corporate office employees to work in restaurants amid the ongoing worker shortage.

Raising Cane’s co-CEO and COO AJ Kumaran told TODAY Food that on a business call last week, he had mentioned they were “struggling to have meaningful crew members” in the field.

“Our business is very, very busy and we need more people,” he said he told folks on the call. “It’s very tough. So, before I knew it my phone started blowing up with people asking, ‘How can we help?”

Kumaran said everyone — even at the corporate

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As the COVID-19 pandemic ravages the U.S. economy, it has given rise to a related public health crisis: food insecurity. Last year, 35 million Americans were food insecure, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That number may rise to 50 million by the end of the year. 

Just ask Marquitta White. A full-time student in Norfolk, Virginia, with two jobs and two daughters, Ms. White’s Thanksgiving dinner – and a week’s worth of leftovers – was provided with help from the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank.

“I was definitely grateful,” says Ms. White. “If it wasn’t for [the food bank], we

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