By Jill Fox
In an effort to support frontline heroes, one Parkland resident is using her new restaurant to deliver free lunches to first responders.
Her late husband, Vincent, passed away in April 2015 after spending 25 years with Broward Sheriff’s Office, most recently as a sergeant in Parkland.
In light of this connection to BSO, she wanted to help community responders who were working during this crisis.
After purchasing a Pompano Beach Subway restaurant, Schettino came up with a plan to support frontline heroes — nurses, doctors, police, firefighters and hospital personnel.
She began by delivering free lunches to the Pompano Police Department.
“These people are putting their lives on the line for us, and this is the least I can do for them,” she said.
After she shared a picture on social media, friends inquired about how they could help donate lunches.
Last week, three people called—one wanted to send lunch to a cardiologist’s office, one sent 25 lunches to Northwest Hospital, and another sent 40 to Hollywood Memorial Hospital.
“I had a woman call whose mom works as a manager at Aldi and wanted to send 30 lunches there,” said Schettino.
Originally priced at $6.99, Schettino lowered the price of the lunches, which include a 6-inch sub, chips, and a cookie, to $5 a box. She is currently working to include masks created by Masks for Superheroes in her delivery packages.
Not only is Schettino making the sandwiches, she provides free delivery for orders of 50 or more by herself and drives the lunches all over Broward and South Palm Beach County herself.
“They were all so grateful,” she said.
Since her original post on Facebook, Schettino has expanded to her website Feedingfrontlineheroes.com, which redirects visitors to a GoFundMe page, where they can purchase or donate money towards lunches.
Subway Corporate recently recognized Schettino in a franchisee spotlight, with pictures and praise for her “incredible efforts in her community.”
Schettino said this whole thing is so overwhelming.
“Helping the people risking their lives and their family’s lives is helping me get through this,” she said.
To donate, call Subway at 954-943-5333 or visit Feedingfrontlineheroes.com. Schettino’s Subway is located at 437 East Atlantic Blvd in Pompano Beach.
- Jill Fox is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer. She has worked in public relations and television for over 20 years. Fox lives in Parkland with her husband and their two children.