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PDQ: Donate a Kids' Book, Get Free Food This Weekend


PDQ is known for serving sandwiches, salads, and hand-spun malts "pretty darn quick," which in a busy world is a good thing indeed.

But what the chain is also known for is being generous and community-minded. That's why PDQ is holding a book drive to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Broward County, which helps young people ages 6 to 18 improve their lives by building self-esteem and developing values and skills during their critical period of growth. Services and programs provided focus on everything from education, social recreation, health, and physical education to leadership and citizenship development, cultural enrichment, and personal adjustment through one-on-one counseling. 

PDQ, in partnership with local Boys and Girls Clubs, is hosting the drive in an effort to collect books to share with kids in our community.

From April 2 to 6, donate a new or gently used book at any PDQ and receive a coupon good for a free combo meal to use on your next visit. The event, in honor of National Children’s Book Day on April 2 (which just happens to be Hans Christian Andersen's birthday), encourages guests to bring a book suitable for children to any PDQ in South Florida today through Sunday, April 5. The books can be new or gently used and should be appropriate for kids for any grade range — from beginning readers straight through to Young Adult classics like Harry Potter (so please don't throw in that dog-eared copy of Fifty Shades of Grey...because ewww).


PDQ hosted a book drive last year, collecting more than 10,000 books for local Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide. 

Steve Erickson, president of PDQ says, “As people dedicated to quality, we always remember that people are the heart and soul of our brand, and this book drive exemplifies that.” We like how Erickson used the PDQ initials in his statement (generous and clever is always a good combo).

Of course, you'll get a little something too. Donate a book and for your kindness, you'll receive a card valid for your choice of a free three-piece chicken tenders, sandwich, or salad for use on your next visit. 

All South Florida PDQ locations are participating in the book drive, including restaurants in Fort Lauderdale (1207 SE 17th St.); Pompano Beach (2341 N. Federal Highway); and Oakland Park (3359 N. Federal Highway). For a complete list of PDQ locations, visit eatPDQ.com. 

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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