Funding will help meet pressing needs within the local community in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic
In late March, The Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation activated $1.25 million in emergency funding to support community-based health and hunger relief organizations across the country during the COVID-19 health crisis. Today, the Foundation announced that $10,000 of that funding has been granted and delivered to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona (CFB) in Tucson to help meet the pressing needs within the local community. These grants are part of a commitment by Dunkin’, Dunkin’s Foundation and Dunkin’ franchisees to provide health and hunger organizations with the support they need, as many are seeing a significant increase in the volume of people they serve, and are facing unprecedented and costly challenges in the wake of the pandemic.
The Community Food Bank, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity located at 3003 S. Country Club Road in Tucson, serves Pima, Cochise, Graham, Greenlee and Santa Cruz counties. The organization will use the $10,000 in funding to purchase food, supplies, and defray transportation costs for CFB’s ramped up school mobile food pantry program during the COVID-19 pandemic.
During this unprecedented situation, CFB is taking proactive steps to ensure clients, staff and volunteers are safe while also ensuring emergency food reaches those in need.
Typically, CFB serves 8,000 children and families through the Child Nutrition Program and 67,000 children and their families through the emergency food assistance programs. They anticipate much greater numbers as they coordinate with school districts and community partners to ensure no vulnerable children or family members go hungry during this pandemic.
“These funds come at a much-needed time,” said Michael McDonald, CEO of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. “In the last few weeks we have seen unprecedented demand, with a spike in the number of people needing emergency food for the first time. We are so grateful for the support of the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation.”
Dunkin’ has also launched an online gift card site, DunkinCoffeeBreak.com, so that guests in Tucson and across the country can send a Dunkin’ eGift Card as a small token of appreciation to thank a doctor, nurse, first responder, teacher, grocery clerk, postal worker, neighbor or any hero in their life. For every card purchased at this site, Dunkin’ will donate $1, up to $100,000, to the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation emergency funds, specifically for non-profits helping families affected by COVID-19.
The majority of Dunkin’ U.S. shops are open and have limited service to drive-thru ordering, carry-out and delivery, with a select number of locations also offering curbside service.
For more information on Dunkin’ and the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation’s coronavirus relief efforts please visit dunkindonuts.com.
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced regular/decaf/flavored coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 14 years running. The company has more than 13,000 restaurants in 41 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.
About the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation
The Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation, the charitable foundation supported by Dunkin’ and the generosity of its franchisees, guests, vendor partners and employees, provides the simple joys of childhood to kids battling hunger or illness. The Foundation partners with food banks, children’s hospitals and nonprofit organizations to fund joyful environments and joyful experiences for kids when they need it most. Since 2006, the Joy in Childhood Foundation has granted more than $25 million to hundreds of national and local charities across the country. For more information, please visit www.bringjoy.org.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, CFB of Southern Arizona is NOT encouraging food drives, as donated food items have to be quarantined and disinfected, and take more staff time and resources to transport and sort. They are currently unable to accept donated food. The best way to make a difference is to donate online or host a virtual food drive. https://www.communityfoodbank.org/
Heather Miles Austin