SAN DIMAS, November 21, 2017 – Panda Express, part of the Panda Express Restaurant Group Inc., has donated $1,843,302.50 to the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, a nonprofit volunteer-based charity, in support of its emergency disaster relief for those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. From September 9 through November 18, led by Tzu Chi CEO Dr. Han Huang and executive team leaders from across the U.S. and Taiwan, more than 1,500 Tzu Chi volunteers donated their time and services to help 41,738 people impacted by the hurricanes in Texas and Florida. An initial analysis of data indicates that Tzu Chi provided approximately $7,884,400 in cash cards, along with 9,492 eco-friendly blankets and 5,505 bags of Jingsi Instant Rice to 13,856 households. Health services were also provided to 513 patients for basic health screenings, 76 for internal medicine, 62 for dental care, 122 for acupuncture treatments, and 117 who received flu shots.
“As one of Panda’s core values is GIVING, we are honored to partner with community organizations who share the same passion such as the Tzu Chi Foundation,” said Dr. Peggy Cherng, co-chair & co-CEO of Panda Restaurant Group. “Panda has been so blessed throughout our company’s history and we are so humbled to be a trusted community partner to our guests who, together with our Panda associates, have generously donated to Panda’s in-store donation boxes. Together, we continue to embody the spirit of giving and inspire helping to improve the lives of those in need.”
Hurricane Harvey, one of the worst weather disasters in United States history, triggered relentless rainfall in August 2017, up to 52 inches in the Greater Houston area within less than a week. The Category 4 force of Hurricane Irma in early September resulted in 6.2 million people without power for days.
“We are grateful to Panda Express, its associates, and guests for their generosity in donating $1,843,302.50 to Tzu Chi Foundation to help with our Hurricanes Harvey and Irma disaster relief efforts. Together, we were able to provide aid directly to the impacted communities via 30 events in 39 days,” said Dr. Han Huang, chief executive director of Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation. “While we are distributing relief, we can see that there are still many individuals in need of immediate financial assistance to purchase basis needs, and emotional support, and we are continuing to serve to restore hope and inspire the spirit of giving.”
About Panda Express
Panda Express, America’s favorite Chinese kitchen, is best known for its wide variety of original recipes including its Original Orange Chicken™, SweetFire Chicken Breast®, award-winning Honey Walnut Shrimp™ and Shanghai Angus Steak™. Founded in 1983 and now with more than 1,900 locations throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam, Guatemala, Canada, Mexico, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Korea, and Japan, Panda Express is part of the family owned and operated Panda Restaurant Group, the world leader in Asian dining experiences that also includes Panda Inn and Hibachi-San. For more information, visit pandaexpress.com, or follow on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
About Tzu Chi
Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation is a humanitarian non-profit NGO with the missions of charity, medicine, education and humanistic culture. Its footprint of aid at the forefront of poverty reduction and disaster relief has reached over 94 countries since 1966. In the USA, Tzu Chi has provided care and support after Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ike, the Louisiana floods, Hurricane Sandy, and 911, with more on-going relief efforts domestically and internationally. To learn more, visit: www.tzuchi.us.