A Chick-fil-A location is offering free food in exchange for coins

Author: Clare Duffy / CNN Business
French fries and a fried chicken sandwich are arranged for a photograph during an event ahead of the grand opening for a Chick-fil-A restaurant in New York, U.S., on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Chick-fil-A, the Southern chicken-sandwich chain that has drawn both controversy and copycats over the years, has finally arrived in New York. The company will open a 5,000-square-foot (465-square-meter), three-level restaurant in Manhattan’s Garment District that will be the chain’s largest location in the nation. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The national coin shortage is forcing businesses to get creative. One Chick-fil-A location needs coins so badly it’s giving away food.

The store is offering customers a $10 bill and a coupon for a free entree in exchange for every $10 in coins they bring in.

“Help prevent (Chick-fil-A) from going cashless,” the Chick-fil-A restaurant, located near Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, said in a Facebook post Saturday.

The promotion is fairly limited. It’s being offered from 9 am to 11 am on Wednesday, July 29, though the store said in a comment on the post that it anticipates offering the promotion again. Customers can receive up to 10 coupons per person.

Another Chick-fil-A location in Huntsville, Alabama, offered a similar promotion last week.

It is not, however, a nationwide offer, as each Chick-fil-A restaurant is individually owned and operated, the company said in a statement to CNN Business.

Still, it’s a sign of just how much businesses are struggling to fill their cash registers with coins.

Elsewhere in the country, retailers including Wawa and CVS have warned that customers may not be able to receive coins as change if they pay with cash. A Wisconsin bank launched a Coin Buy Back Program to pay people for their spare coins.

The Federal Reserve has said that the pandemic interrupted the normal flow of coins through the economy — with so many people staying home, shopping online and avoiding touching physical currency — causing the coin shortage.

Last week, the US Mint asked Americans to help out with the issue by spending their coins or returning them to coin collection kiosks.

“The coin supply problem can be solved with each of us doing our part,” the Mint said in a release.

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