Event to aid hungry, local restaurants

Kris-Tech ‘Drive-N-Dine’ event to provide restaurant vouchers in exchange for non-perishable food donations

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Kris-Tech Wire will hold a “Drive-N-Dine” food drive, handing out $100 vouchers to local Rome restaurants in exchange for non-perishable food items to help those in need.

The food drive will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 9, starting at 10 a.m. in the parking lot next to Kris-Tech at the corner of Hanger Road and Otis Street in Rome, according to the event organizers.

All donated food items will go to the Rome Salvation Army.

“The food drive is a ‘twofer,’” Kris-Tech President and CEO Graham Brodock said. “Not only are we able to help our local community members, but we’re able to help our local businesses who are in a particular state of need, and our local Salvation Army.”

This will be a no-contact drive-thru where people will drop off their non-perishable items. After dropping off their food, people can roll down their windows and they will be given a gift card. According to Wendy Calabrese, who oversees human resources at Kris-Tech, they have around $50,000 in gift cards they’ll be passing out.

“It helps everybody. It helps those in need, but it also helps the local Rome economy,” she said.

The limit is one gift card per vehicle, while supplies last. Participants will not be able to request a particular restaurant due to the limited number of gift cards. Participating restaurants include the following: La Roma Pizzeria, Teddy’s, The Vigneto Restaurant, Country Kitchen, Coalyard Charlie’s, DiCastro’s, Franklin, Grande’s Pizzeria, Iron Kettle, Mayflower Chinese Restaurant, Mitsuba Sushi Bar, Spresso’s Coffee Cookies Cakes, Tony’s Pizza, Johnny B’s Tavern, Fuji Japanese Steak House, Vine & Fig, Delta Lake Inn, Raspberry’s, Sugarbeets, CPJ’s, Donna’s Cafe, Snubbing Post Restaurant, Rail and Canal, Eddie’s Paramount Diner, DeSalvo, The Savoy, El Jarocho Mexican Restaurant, Coppercinos, Black Nine Restaurant, DeMatteo’s, Palisades Hotel, Gone Coastal, and Pricilla’s Place.

Kris-Tech has been fundraising to help local organizations in need during the COVID-19 pandemic starting back in April with a $5,000 to Rome Hospital Foundation, followed by the Rome Rescue Mission, and Rome Alliance for Education.

Calabrese said Kris-Tech knew the hardship hospitals were facing, that fundraising was down at the Rome Rescue Mission, and children working remotely might not have all the supplies they needed.

“Our culture at Kris-Tech is giving back to the community we work and play in,” she said.

“This is a way for one gift can give three times over and we’re really excited about that,” Brodock said. “While this is a global pandemic, we all have a responsibility to think locally.”

Brodock added he’d like to extend a friendly challenge to other businesses in the area and region to do something similar if they’re able.

“We’ve been so fortunate here at Kris-Tech to not only maintain employment but also grow during the pandemic,” he said. “We’re just pleased we’re fortunate enough to help with a hand up to the community.”

Kris-Tech Wire is a leading national wire manufacturing company, with all materials produced in the U.S. at its Rome headquarters, according to the company’s website.

Kris-Tech serves a wide range of building, commercial, and utility industries. “A third-generation, family-owned business, we remain true to our roots by fostering strong relationships with our team members, customers and partners, and communities.”

The company was founded in 1984 by twin brothers Gerry and Glenn Brodock. Both had served in World War II and held successful careers in industry, the website said, adding “Upon retirement, they started Kris-Tech with a vision to create a great place to work and to positively impact an industry.”

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