Mercato Savory and Their Portfolio Companies Offers Relief in Uncertain Time with $1 Mill. Donation

When entrepreneurs Shauna and Andrew Smith committed to helping others during the pandemic they put “their money where their mouth was” and committed $1 million to help keep their 1,400 employees working and the doors open to their restaurants to serve food to the community. The Smiths, who own Four Foods Group which includes the brands, R&R BBQ, Mo’Bettahs Hawaiian, and Swig, made a $750,000 donation along with The Savory Fund (of which Andrew is a managing director) who kicked in $250,000 to round out the total donation of $1 million.

“We commit to keeping our employees engaged whether serving customers, serving each other or serving the community that has been so good to us. We need to keep working! We can do this while still being socially conscious and by taking extreme safety measures for our employees and guests. We want our employees to continue to have purpose and direction, and this provides some relief during this very uncertain time,” said Andrew.

Shauna, who is the president, and co-founder of FFG, said, “We will keep our team working and delivering meals to those in need. We will be here for the heroes that are working hard in hospitals and other medical facilities, not to mention the employees of essential businesses like Costco, Walmart, and Smith’s. They are all sacrificing to support this fight. Join us in our commitment to keep everyone working and emerge even stronger having weathered this storm.”

The $1 million has been allocated, funded and is currently being deployed.

In addition, the dynamic Smith duo also teamed up with Dave Rutter, CEO at Costa Vida to make sure no one goes hungry. The team has offered up Dinner Relief Packs at FFG’s MoBettah’s and R&R BBQ and Costa Vida restaurants.

They are offering relief dinner packs that feeds up to eight people (six people generously) for only $25. The dinner relief pack program is available to business owners, church congregations, those working in essential retail businesses, those taking care of others including the elderly and the sick and those working in the medical field.

“We want to keep Utah working, to stay healthy, eat well and stay home,” said Andrew “These dinner packs are offered at a huge discount,” he said. We don’t want anyone to go hungry. We are also going to post creative ways you can use the leftovers for additional meals during the week, he said.

“We exist because of you! You have taken care of us all of these years. Now it is our turn to take care of you. These packs were designed to provide a warm, delicious meal to families at a minimal cost. This is not to profit our businesses. But it does give our employees purpose, work, and hope. Let’s keep Utah working, and you safe and eating well.”

Dinners are available for pre-order and pickup. For more details or to register for the program go to

Thanks, Smith family for your generosity and support for our community.

Good People. Good News. Good Food.

We will be featuring the Smiths in our next issue of Nugent Magazine.

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