Andrew and Peggy Cherng, the founders of Panda Express, are donating $2 million dollars worth of protective equipment to front-liners battling the current COVID-19 outbreak.
In its official announcement, the Panda Express created a COVID-19 Community Care Fund through its philanthropic arm, Panda Cares, according to We Are Resonate.
“Through our philanthropic arm Panda Cares, Panda Express has created a COVID-19 Community Care Fund to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to select hospitals in need so they are best equipped to care for their communities,” the company wrote. “We are allocating the year-round Panda Cares donation box program to support our COVID-19 relief efforts.”
All the donations Panda Express receives from their guests starting on March 25 will go towards additional personal protective equipment (PPE) such as respiratory masks, face shields and gowns.
“In addition, Panda Cares, with a matching grant from the Cherngs, has donated a total of $2 million worth of surgical and respirator masks as well as gloves to protect patients and healthcare workers at hospitals in COVID-19 hotbeds, such as Southern and Northern California (Methodist Hospital of Southern California, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, City of Hope Duarte, Huntington Hospital), New York, New Jersey and Washington,” the statement continues.
In a personal statement, Peggy Cherng thanked donors as well as the front-liners for risking their lives during this crisis.
“We thank our guests for their generosity during this challenging time. And most of all, we thank the frontline healthcare workers and first responders, risking their lives every day for those in need,” she said. “We will do everything in our ability, however big or small, to take care of our heroes. We are here for our community. And we are stronger when we stand together.”