Chick-fil-A will give customers free food in exchange for rolls of coins as the nationwide coin shortage continues

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  • The national coin shortage has prompted one Lynchburg, Virginia Chick-fil-A location to put out a call for $US10 rolls of coins of any combination in exchange for bills of the same value and a free entree.
  • The limited-time offer will take place on Wednesday, July 29 from 9-11 a.m. and then again from 2-4 p.m “until need is met,” according to the post.
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A Virginia Chick-fil-A is offering up free food in exchange for coins.

The Lynchburg, Virginia location put out the call on its official Facebook page yesterday, asking consumers to bring $US10 rolls of any combination of pennies, nickles, dimes, and quarters in exchange for bills of the same value and a free entree. The ask comes amid a national coin shortage, caused in part by store closures during the coronavirus pandemic that stalled circulation, according to the Federal Reserve.

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“While there is adequate coin in the economy, the slowed pace of circulation has meant that sufficient quantities of coin are not readily available where needed,” the Federal Reserve said in a statement. “With establishments like retail shops, bank branches, transit authorities and laundromats closed, the typical places where coin enters our society have slowed or even stopped the normal circulation of coin.”

The limited-time offer will take place on Wednesday, July 29 from 9-11 a.m. and then again from 2-4 p.m “until need is met,” according to the post. Visitors bringing coins will be given a Chick-fil-A card to use toward a future purchase of a fried chicken sandwich, grilled chicken sandwich, or chicken nuggets.

The post already has more than 800 likes and nearly 100 comments, and the overwhelming response has prompted the Chick-fil-A location to limit free items to ten per customer. A spokesperson for Chick-fil-A did not respond to Business Insider’s request for comment on if other locations plan to offer a similar promotion.

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