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Mark Weeks, right, holds his ‘Bigger than a Burrito’ award with Barberitos CEO Barber at the chain’s national franchisee conference on Sunday.


Auburn burrito restaurant franchisee sees his work pay off after receiving an award celebrating his location’s fundraising efforts.

Mark Weeks, who runs the Barberitos on Opelika Road, received the chain’s “Bigger than a Burrito” award which the company says recognizes community engagement and is its highest honor, but Weeks awarded that honor to all its staff.

“I’m only a small part of the equation,” Weeks told the Opelika-Auburn News. “I can’t do what I do without them and they can’t do it without me, so together this is the perfect way to help serve our community.”

Weeks received the award on Sunday at the Barberitos National Franchisee Convention in Athens, Georgia, after joining the company in February 2019 to open the Auburn site, which prepared free meals for non-profit organizations. The region’s profit-making like the Hudson Family Foundation, for the Auburn Tigers football team, and has provided rebates and meal donations to East Alabama Health employees during the pandemic.

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Weeks said it all started in the spring of 2020 when he partnered with Byerly and Associates, a tax accounting firm in Auburn, to donate 500 meals to employees at East Alabama Medical Center during the pandemic.

“Since then, we’ve been helping feed them by giving them a half discount at least once a month,” Weeks said.


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