If ever there was a day to buy a sub and more from Jersey Mike’s then tomorrow is it.  Not just because they make great sandwiches (which they do) but because Wednesday is their annual Day of Giving which involves all of their 1,540 locations across the country and is the culmination of the company’s 9th annual Month of Giving fundraising campaign.

All this month Jersey Mike’s has invited customers to make donations to each location’s charity partner which includes hospitals, food banks, youth organizations and more.  Then tomorrow local owners and operators will donate every dollar of sales to their charity partners.

Last year’s Month of Giving raised more than $6 million nationwide which benefitted more than 200 local charities, including Make-A-Wish New Jersey which for the third consecutive year is the charity partner of 67 Jersey Mike’s locations in our state with about half of them in Monmouth and Ocean County.

Of course the Jersey Shore is where the franchise was born when then 17-year old Point Pleasant Beach High School senior Peter Cancro purchased Mike’s Subs which was located in neighboring Point Pleasant and where he had worked for a few years while in high school.

Cancro with the help of a local football coach/banker and friend borrowed the $125,000 needed to buy the sub store and things really took off more than a decade later when he began franchising. While Jersey Mike’s is now a well-known national chain that continues to grow Cancro and many of his company executives have a special fondness for their home base with their headquarters in Manasquan.

From a personal standpoint they have been a key partner in the growth of our Shore Sports Network and work with us to support and promote local high school sports which has always been a passion of theirs going back to when Cancro and others attended Point Beach.

Every single dollar of sales on Wednesday at the Jersey Mike’s locations in almost all of the state will go to Make-A-Wish New Jersey and last year that effort raised $337,000 which meant a lot of wishes were granted to local children with critical illnesses.

So tomorrow when it’s time to think about lunch or dinner consider a sub, wrap, chips and more. By the way my personal favorites are the Club Supreme, Tuna, BLT and Famous Philly Cheese Steak subs.

Whatever you have it will taste great and you’ll feel good about helping Jersey Mike’s make a difference.