Panda Express® Announces Annual Panda Cares Day Virtual Fundraiser, Matching Donations Up To $250,000 To Bring Hope To Youth

Donations to support local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals member hospitals and Boys & Girls Clubs across the country

Rosemead, California., August 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Panda is worried®the philanthropic branch of Panda Express®, celebrates its anniversary on 8th AugustPanda Cares Day®, each year with a festival of giving. To invite its guests to this special occasion this year, Panda Express is launching its largest national virtual fundraiser to date. For any online and mobile order placed with the code “PCD2022”. August 8, 2022Panda will donate 28 percent of the event’s pre-tax sales to its local member hospital, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) and the Boys & Girls Club, up to doubling the total donation $250,000.

Additionally, Panda Cares brings the celebration to youth in underserved communities across the country through more than 100 local events in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The children receive school materials, books and exclusive Panda Express items as gifts.

“Panda Cares Day is very special to us as each year we experience the power to come together with our large panda family of guests and staff to strengthen the communities we serve,” said Dr. Peggy Cherng, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Panda Express. “The donations we raise each day through the Panda Cares fundraising program and virtual fundraiser provide health and education resources that open opportunities and a brighter future.”

After a recent commitment from $10.5 million to Boys & Girls Clubs of America to fund personal education opportunities in more than 600 clubs, Panda Cares unveiled the first Center of Hope in One Chicago club one May 2022, with plans to open more across the country. The Panda Cares Centers of Hope at CMN Hospitals and Boys & Girls Clubs inspire hope and promote healing and growth by offering specially curated programs that address the overall well-being of each child, including their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs. Arts, music, libraries and counseling are some of the many initiatives housed at 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 serve millions of children and families over the years.

“We are very excited 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,” the company said Jim Clark, President and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “This high-quality program will not only help children and young people reach their full potential, but will continue to bridge the opportunity gap by enabling young people to explore their interests and passions and position them for a great future.”

“Panda Express has created a culture of giving and caring among its guests and employees that has an impact in the communities they serve,” she said Teri Nestel, President and CEO of CMN Hospitals. “Our shared values ​​of making positive changes in children’s health go beyond helping people in critical situations; it’s about making sure all children get the best possible care.”

Panda Cares is funded by guests, business partners and employees 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 more than raised $282 million and countless volunteer hours improving the health and education of over 13 million young people and supporting communities.

For more information about Panda Cares, visit PandaCares.org.

About Panda Express
On a mission to inspire a better life, Panda Express® is the largest Asian restaurant concept in the United States. Family-owned since 1983 and operated by co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew and Peggy Cherng, Panda Express is best known for pioneering creative food with a wide range of industry-first recipes, including best-selling The Original Orange Chicken® and the award-winning Honey Walnut Shrimp who defined the category of authentic American Chinese cuisine. Each dish at Panda Express is carefully prepared with quality ingredients and inspired by bold Chinese flavors and culinary principles. The restaurant brand has more than 2,300 locations and has introduced American-Chinese cuisine to 12 international countries.

Fueled by this global family of employees, Panda Cares®, Panda’s philanthropic arm, has more than raised $282 million and has dedicated countless volunteer hours since 1999 to improving the health and education of over 13 million youth and serving communities in need. In 2021, Panda Express established the Panda CommUnity Fund – one for five years $10 Millions Community investment and response program supporting immediate and sustainable solutions from national and local organizations to empower diverse groups including people of color and other marginalized communities. For more information about Panda, visit pandaexpress.com or Facebook. Twitter or Instagram.

About the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals, supporting the health of 10 million children in the United States each year Canada. Donations go to local hospitals to fund essential life-saving treatments and healthcare services, along with innovative research, essential pediatric medical equipment, child life services that calm children and families during difficult hospital stays, and financial support for families who could otherwise unable to afford these health services. When we improve the health of all children and give them the opportunity to reach their full potential, we also improve our communities for years to come. Together we can make a difference in children’s health. Together we can change the future. To learn more about Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and your local children’s hospital, visit cmnhospitals.org.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For 160 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA.org) has enabled young people in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,900 clubs serve over 4.3 million young people through club membership and outreach. Clubs are located in cities, townships, public housing and Indigenous areas across the country and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated youth centers at US military installations worldwide. They provide a safe space daily, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and highly effective youth development programs during critical extracurricular hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and a healthy lifestyle. In a Harris poll of alumni, 54 percent said the club saved their lives. The national headquarters is located in Atlanta. Find out more about Boys & Girls Clubs of America on Facebook and Twitter.

SOURCE Panda Express

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