The AES Foundation added a disaster relief team for the first time in 2021. Hearing about the devastating tornado damage to towns in Kentucky, AES owner John Wade immediately volunteered the Foundation’s services to assist. AES Restaurants deployed their mobile Arby’s unit to Mayfield, KY - one of the hardest hit communities.
The AES team of volunteers teamed up with local KY National Guard , community organizers, local ARG restaurants and ARCOP to serve more than 6,600 meals in 3 days. The AES team on the front lines consisted of Area Supervisors Jim Fettig, Mauricio Tostado and John Deeds and AES General Managers Pat Akers and Nick Roush. These team members left their families the week before Christmas to serve another community.
In addition to these volunteers, VP David Early used his contacts to allow AES into restricted space, VP Michelle Carter sent strong leaders to help, Arby's Director of Operations Laura Fallon and Area Supervisor John Van helped AES with supplies, David Cox at ARCOP helped AES secure 6,600 buns needed, and most specially Father Eric Riley pastor of St. Joseph’s Parish helped whose flock was so badly hit.
It is so amazing what a warm heart and a hot roast beef sandwich can do to bring smiles and tears of relief to those in need. Watch the story on WHIO.