Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Lychelle and Aaron Day, co-creators of Blue Lemon, pose for a photograph in their restaurant in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. Blue Lemon, the local, fast-casual, gourmet restaurant chain, celebrated 10 years in business by donating 10 percent of the sales made on its Feb. 25 birthday to the nonprofit Five.12.

HIGHLAND — Blue Lemon, the local, fast-casual, gourmet restaurant chain, celebrated 10 years in business by donating 10 percent of the sales made on its Feb. 25 birthday to the nonprofit Five.12.

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Food vendor Nicholas and Co. matched that donation and together the two local businesses were able to use the food supplier’s buying power to purchase 8,000 much-needed food items to help Five.12 fill Utah County schoolchildren’s backpacks to stave off hunger on the weekends.

The Five.12 Foundation received a donation of 1,600 granola bars, 1,600 Nutri-Grain bars, 1,600 individual boxes of Frosted Mini Wheats, 1,600 Snack Pack Puddings and 1,600 Ready-to-Serve Chicken Noodle Soups from the two companies.

Blue Lemon operates restaurants in Highland, Salt Lake City, Cottonwood Heights, Sandy and Farmington.