Hotdog vendor pledges November profits to United Way of Greater Cleveland

By Carissa Woytach, United Way of Greater Cleveland Staff Writer

Hot Dog Vendor from Fletchs Franks

Stephen Fletcher remembers watching United Way commercials as a kid — PSAs with NFL legends talking about helping build playgrounds in various neighborhoods. Decades later, the message has stayed with him and has prompted him to donate 10 percent of his hotdog cart’s November profit to United Way of Greater Cleveland.

In food service since he was 16 years old, Fletcher took what he learned at Taco Bell and Church’s Chicken and applied it all to his business. Now, his stand has been open for two months, and he is saving money for a second cart to create another job in the city.

As his business took more and more time, Fletcher knew he didn’t have the extra hours to volunteer but said he still wanted to give back to his community. Touched by patrons who often give him extra money to buy food for someone in need, he stopped a United Way employee to find out more about the organization. From there, he decided to donate 10 percent of his November profits and continue the donations in the months ahead.

“I want to give back, even if it’s a small amount, he said. “There are stories like this in United Way and I’m excited to be a part of it now.”

Fletch’s Franks, located on 14th and Euclid in downtown Cleveland, plans to stay open as long as it can during the winter and also does private parties and catering on the weekends. For more information, call 216-203-4459 or email

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