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BIRMINGHAM - The Panda Cares Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Panda Express, donated more than 29,000 personal protective masks and 200 meals to Children’s of Alabama on Tuesday, June 9.
“We are so grateful for the continued support of Panda Express and their donation of PPE and meals for our employees taking care of the children in Alabama who need us most right now,” said Emily Hornak, director, Cause Marketing and Corporate Partnerships at Children’s of Alabama. “Panda Express not only creates giving opportunities for their employees and customers throughout the year, but they continue to support Children’s at the highest level during this time of uncertainty.”
This donation is part of Panda Express’ ongoing commitment to support medical professionals on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a long-time corporate partner of Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals, Panda has raised and donated over $85 million to support CMN Hospitals. Panda Express has been a partner of Children’s since 2012, raising more than $390,000 for Children’s through the CMN Hospitals organization.
“Supporting the healthcare community has always been a priority for Panda Express, and we are blessed to have a partner with shared values of giving and inspiring better lives,” said Dr. Peggy Cherng, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Panda Restaurant Group. “It is our privilege to be able to protect and provide comfort to the selfless hospital staff and patients at CMN Hospitals. We thank our guests and associates for their generosity and support that make these donations possible. We stand together to be stronger together.”
For the rest of the year, participating Panda Express locations are offering a 10% appreciation discount on in-store purchases for healthcare workers and first responders with their employment badge. Through its philanthropic arm, Panda Cares, Panda Express has created a COVID-19 Community Care Fund, in which all guest donations are put toward sourcing and providing PPE to local hospitals in this time of need as well as supporting research to find a treatment for COVID-19. In the midst of this public health crisis, Panda remains steadfast to its evergreen mission of protecting, inspiring and bettering the communities they serve.
Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama and 42 other states last year, representing more than 684,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 3.5 million square feet, Children’s is one of the largest pediatric medical facilities in the United States. It is a private, not-for-profit medical center that serves as the teaching hospital for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, psychiatry, research and residency programs. The medical staff consists of UAB faculty and Children’s of Alabama’s full-time physicians as well as private practicing community physicians.