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HUNTINGTON — Republic Services says it has launched Committed to Serve, a $20 million initiative to recognize its front-line employees in the field, their families and small-business customers across the country.

“All meals will be purchased from local small businesses to help support Republic Services’ customers and the communities it serves,” the company said in a news release.

Over the next two months, all of Republic Services’ 28,000 front-line employees will receive a weekly meal, a weekly dinner for employees and their families, and biweekly $100 gift cards ($400 per employee) to be spent locally, the release said.

In the Huntington Tri-State area, Republic Services is providing meals for 135 employees per week. To date, $25,000 has been spent with local restaurants including Butter It Up, Midway Drive-In, Fat Patty’s, Calamity J and others.

“Small businesses are often hit the hardest during times of uncertainty. The Committed to Serve initiative is a gesture of support for both our employees and our local small businesses, many of whom are our customers,” said Drew Hinchman, operations manager with Republic Services. “The reaction from small-business owners and employees has been pure appreciation. Additionally, our employees feel a sense of pride being able to give back to the local community they serve.”

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