Potbelly Sandwich Shop and Chicago’s Midtown Educational Foundation Form Fundraising Partnership


CHICAGO – Potbelly Corporation (NASDAQ: PBPB) (“Potbelly”) and Midtown Educational Foundation (MEF) today jointly announced a philanthropic partnership to support the work that MEF does to guide low-income urban youth in Chicago along pathways of success. 

Beginning April 18 through June 6, nearly 100 Potbelly Sandwich Shops will host a Shake Fundraiser for the organization. During this time, the shops will feature the Cookie Collision Shake - a blend of Potbelly’s signature shortbread cookies, Oreos and vanilla ice cream – and one dollar from each of the shakes sold will benefit MEF.

To further enhance the partnership, Potbelly Sandwich shops located in the Merchandise Mart, Presidential Towers, Park Ridge and Wicker Park will also host a fundraiser on April 21st from 4-7pm, during which 50 percent of the purchase dollars from each transaction will go to support MEF when the below flyer is presented.

“Potbelly is proud to join forces with the Midtown Educational Foundation to make a difference for high school students in the Chicagoland area,” said Aylwin Lewis, CEO and president of Potbelly Sandwich Shop. “We are committed to the neighborhoods we are part of and do our best to focus on helping those who live in them."

Moreover, beyond the fundraising programs, Potbelly will provide students enrolled in MEF programs an opportunity to visit the Potbelly Support Center (Corporate Office) during the summer for a business apprenticeship seminar. The one-day educational seminar will allow students to shadow members of the brand’s corporate support team to enhance their professional growth and development.

For more information about Potbelly Sandwich Shop and the brand’s community fundraising programs, please visit: www.potbelly.com. To initiate a fundraising request, stop by your neighborhood Potbelly shop to speak with the general manager. 

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About Potbelly Sandwich Shop

Potbelly Corporation is a fast-growing neighborhood sandwich concept offering toasty warm sandwiches, signature salads and other fresh menu items served by engaging people in an environment that reflects the Potbelly brand. Our Vision is for our customers to feel that we are their “Neighborhood Sandwich Shop” and to tell others about their great experience. Our Mission is to make people really happy and to improve every day. Our Passion is to be “The Best Place for Lunch.” The Company owns and operates over 400 shops in the United States and our franchisees operate over 20 shops domestically, in the Middle East and in the United Kingdom. For more information, please visit our website at www.potbelly.com.

About Midtown Educational Foundation

Midtown Educational Foundation (MEF) sponsors enrichment programs that help inner-city kids develop the habits and attitudes of achievers. Committed to ensuring children grow academically, mature morally and acquire the virtues and values needed for long-lasting achievement, MEF supports the Midtown Center for boys and the Metro Achievement Center for girls. These centers help Chicago's disadvantaged youth become responsible teens and caring adults. MEF seeks to share its experience through collaborative efforts with organizations that share its goals and values. Learn more.