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Ciccio Restaurant Group provides free meals to its employees laid off due to COVID-19

Free meals offered to employees three times a week
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Posted at 8:01 PM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 23:21:15-04

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Ciccio Restaurant Group is providing meals to its employees who were temporarily laid off or had hours reduced due to COVID-19.

The Restaurant Group operates restaurants throughout the Tampa Bay area including Luv Child, Fresh Kitchen, Ciccio Water, Green Lemon, Daily Eats, Cali, Taco Dirty, Sweet Soul and Better Byrd.

Employees who had hours reduced or were temporarily laid off may get a free meal on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Employees may show up to Luv Child on South Howard Avenue in Tampa to pick up food.

"It is not okay for our employees to not be okay so anyone that's in a position that we certainly would never dream of them to be in...we're going to make sure we're taking care of them and we are doing everything we can," said Jamie Lanza, Managing Partner with CAMP Tampa.

Bayje Maloy was temporarily laid off. She worked as a cook at Luv Child since the restaurant opened.

"Pretty much everyone in my household, we all work in the restaurant industry and literally on the same day three of us got laid off. My brother was furloughed from his restaurant," said Maloy.

Maloy picked up a meal on Friday.

"They're a generous company in general so I'm not surprised they're really helping everybody because we're a big family here. It's a good thing," she added.

Ciccio Restaurant Group is also offering 50% off meals to first responders at Fresh Kitchen, Sweet Soul, Daily Eats, Green Lemon, Taco Dirty and Better Byrd.