Rosemead-based Panda Express, through its philanthropic arm Panda Cares, Thursday announced a $2 million donation to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, to help feed families during the coronavirus pandemic.
The donation includes a matching donation of $1 million from company co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew and Peggy Cherng that will go toward a COVID-19 Response Fund, providing aid to families impacted by the pandemic.
With millions of children out of school who depend on free lunches to receive a hot meal, and senior citizens sheltering in place without the ability to get food, food banks need funds to support areas of greatest needs, including the creation and distribution of mobile food boxes.
“In this unprecedented time, we are extremely thankful to Panda Express and the Cherng family for this meaningful donation,” said Feeding America CEO Claire Babineaux-Fontenot. “Their contribution will help the Feeding America network of food banks respond effectively and efficiently as we work to support families, children and seniors who are impacted by this pandemic.”
The Panda Cares Foundation is funded through an in-store donation box program and associates at Panda Express, Panda Inn and Hibachi-San, as well as business partners. The foundation provides food, funding and volunteer services to underserved youth, and disaster relief efforts.
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