Photo Caption (L to R): Jersey Mikes’ Asst. Manager Dan Holstein, MBA President Don Powell, MBA Vice President Steven Pazienza, Jersey Mike’s owner Matt Catania, and Moorestown Home & School 2nd Vice President Stephanie Willard with the fundraiser donation bucket. Photo credit: Tom Sheckels

MOORESTOWN—The Moorestown franchise of Jersey Mike’s has been supporting Moorestown schools ever since it opened three years ago in East Gate Square.  The restaurant’s spirit of giving back to the community earned a certificate of recognition from the Moorestown Business Association, whose Spotlight program was initiated highlight MBA member businesses that are making a positive impact in town.

Through their monthly fundraising initiative, coordinated in the public school system through Moorestown Home & School Association, Jersey Mike’s gives customers with a “Free Sub” card a regular size sub of their choice in return for a minimum $2 donation. Each month the restaurant focuses on a specific school and provides them with 1500 cards for use on a specific date.  Moorestown’s Jersey Mike’s owner Matt Catania has a bucket for donations right on the counter, where he collects cash and checks, and he also accepts credit card donations. 100% of the proceeds go directly to the Moorestown Home & School Association.

Depending on the level of participation, schools have earned between $250 and $600 per fundraiser.  These funds have enabled Home & School to contribute to numerous special projects such as purchasing A/V systems, iPads, library books, college scholarships and cultural enrichment assemblies just to name a few, said the Association’s 2nd VP, Stephanie Willard.  South Valley Elementary was featured in September, and Roberts Elementary will be the school of the month in October. The Jersey Mike’s Home & School fundraiser raised over $2,200 in the 2014-2015 school year.

In addition to the above, Jersey Mike’s hosts fundraisers for schools and community organizations in which they donate 20% of sales from a specific night back to the school or organization.  And every March, Jersey Mike’s runs its Month of Giving, throughout which they raise funds for a selected local charity.  The Moorestown restaurant is part of the Jersey Mike’s franchise chain that started in Point Pleasant Beach in 1956, which fostered a culture of local giving and community support since its inception.  Jersey Mike’s specializes in cold and hot sub sandwiches made with top-quality ingredients, freshly baked bread, and the authentic flavors that drew fans to the original store decades ago.

From brightening up street-front properties, to supporting charitable causes, to providing unique services and goods for the town, the MBA wants to publicly applaud businesses that are helping to make Moorestown an outstanding place to shop, visit and live. Business owners and residents are invited to contact the MBA to share information about initiatives they have taken or businesses they know that have taken measures to improve Moorestown.