Why some Chick-fil-A locations are now offering free food for coins

A nationwide coin shortage is forcing some businesses to come up with creative ways to get pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters back into circulation — and customers may even be able to benefit from the exchange.

For every $10 customers brought in coins, they would in turn receive a $10 bill — yup, paper cash — and a gift card for a free chicken sandwich .

Avid coin collectors won't be able to cash in their entire haul as there is a maximum of 10 coupons allowed per guest who brings in the right amount of change.

A spokesperson for the chain confirmed that this is not a national promotion since each Chick-fil-A restaurant is individually owned and operated.

A perfect storm of events has led to the lack of change in circulation: Many people are avoiding using cash out of concern over COVID-19 , businesses that deal heavily with coins may have closed, new coin production at the U.S. Mint was hampered in March and April and some people have also reportedly been hoarding money due to economic uncertainty.

The Federal Reserve has created a task force to help with the shortage, but during this time, customers may start seeing more signs at restaurants asking for exact change or other forms of cashless payments.

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