Panda Cares®, the philanthropic arm of Panda Express®, honors its anniversary on August 8, Panda Cares Day®, every year with a celebration of giving. To invite its guests to the special occasion this year, Panda Express is launching its largest national virtual fundraiser yet. For every online and mobile order placed using the code ‘PCD2022’ on August 8, 2022, Panda will donate 28 percent of pre-tax event sales to their local member hospital of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) and Boys & Girls Club, matching the total donation up to $250,000.
Furthermore, Panda Cares is bringing the celebration to youth in underserved communities across the nation through more than 100 local events in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The children will be gifted school supplies, books, and exclusive Panda Express swag.
“Panda Cares Day is very special to us, as each year we experience the power of coming together with our extended Panda family of guests and associates to uplift the communities we serve,” said Dr. Peggy Cherng, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Panda Express. “The donations we raise through the Panda Cares donation program every day and the virtual fundraiser initiative provide health and educational resources that open up doors to opportunities and a brighter future.”
Following a recent pledge of $10.5 million to Boys & Girls Clubs of America to fund in-person educational opportunities across more than 600 clubs, Panda Cares unveiled the first Center of Hope located within a Chicago club in May 2022, with plans to open more across the country. The Panda Cares Centers of Hope across CMN Hospitals and Boys & Girls Clubs inspire hope and promote healing and growth by providing specially curated programs that address each child’s entire well-being, including their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs. Art, music, libraries, and counseling are some of the many initiatives housed in these Panda Cares Centers of Hope. CMN Hospitals and Boys & Girls Clubs of America are longtime partners of Panda Cares and have enabled the foundation to support millions of children and families over the years.
“We are thrilled to partner with Panda Cares today, on its anniversary, and every day, as we continue to provide positive social-emotional and academic learning experiences to help young people thrive,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “Not only will this high-quality programming help kids and teens reach their full potential, but it will continue to address the opportunity gap, enabling youth to explore their interests and passions, positioning them for a great future.”
“Panda Express has instilled a culture of giving and caring among their guests and associates that translates into impact in the communities they serve,” said Teri Nestel, President and CEO of CMN Hospitals. “Our shared values to positively change kids’ health goes beyond helping those in critical situations; it’s about helping make sure that all kids receive the best possible care.”
Panda Cares is funded by guests, business partners and associates of Panda Express, Panda Inn, Hibachi-San, and other Panda Restaurant Group partners through the in-store/online donation box program. The Foundation also offers food donations and provides volunteers to support underserved youth nationwide and for disaster relief efforts. To date, Panda Cares has raised more than $282 million and countless volunteer hours in bettering the health and education for over 13 million young people and supporting communities.
For more information about Panda Cares, please visit PandaCares.org.
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