Press release from Dunkin’ Donuts:
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 10, 2018) —Dunkin’ Donuts’ Asheville restaurants and MANNA FoodBank are teaming up to fill backpacks with food by encouraging the community to share the sweetness. From August 12-25, participating Dunkin’ Donuts in Asheville will donate $1 from any 50-count Munchkin® Donut Holes or dozen donuts to the MANNA Packs for Kids program. The program provides supplemental weekend meals, in backpacks, to children who receive free school meals during the week.
“With the beginning of school around the corner, I, like many, think about all the new school supplies filling backpacks that will prepare children for a successful, fun and memorable school year,” states Scott Shealy, franchisee of nine Dunkin’ Donuts in Asheville. “Many of us may forget that there is a different need for many children’s backpacks – food. We hope we can rally the community around this cause with our two-week fundraiser. End-of-summer parties, picnics and road trips are perfect occasions to share the sweetness with your friends and family.”
Despite their best efforts, many families can’t afford all the food their children need for healthy, normal development. One in four children in MANNA’s service area don’t have access to three square meals a day.[i] According to MANNA Foodbank, western North Carolina families and residents face a socio-economic “perfect storm”: housing costs around the greater Asheville area are the highest in the state, forcing people to live in more rural areas; the region’s economy is driven largely by lower-paying service and seasonal employment; transportation challenges in and around rural, remote communities, forcing people to drive long distances to secure employment; and skyrocketing child and healthcare costs placing tremendous strain on working families.
Dunkin’ Donuts has a long history supporting MANNA Foodbank as the organization shares Dunkin’ Donuts Joy in Childhood Foundation’s commitment to bringing joy to kids and helping them live healthier lives. The Foundation will be awarding a $5,000 grant as part of its $1.5 million commitment over three years to support child hunger relief efforts nationwide, along with the funds raised in August.