DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) will donate half of all sales from its Texas and Louisiana restaurants this Sunday, September 10 to the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund. The fund will help local United Ways meet the storm-related needs and support mid- to long-term recovery throughout the affected regions.
“We are deeply saddened for all of those who have been impacted by this devastating storm and we hope these efforts provide some relief during these very trying times,” said Steve Ells, Chipotle CEO and Chairman. “We are committed to taking care of our own, including the communities where our customers and employees live and work.”
”We are so grateful for this generous gift from Chipotle,” said Mary Sellers, U.S. President, United Way Worldwide. “The recovery phase of Harvey will be extensive and thanks to generous partnerships like this one, United Way will be well-positioned to help communities rebuild in the months and years to come.”
To contribute, residents can simply visit any Chipotle in Texas or Louisiana at any time from open to close (10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m.) on Sunday, September 10 and half of all of the food and beverage sales will be donated to the United Way. Digital, catering and takeout orders, in addition to any orders placed in the restaurant, are also included in this fundraiser.
In addition to the fundraisers in the more than 200 area restaurants, last week Chipotle donated more than 50,000 pounds of food and supplies, which was distributed to those in need at the Houston Convention Center, Children’s Medical Hospital and Food Bank of San Antonio. Chipotle also made a cash donation to the Red Cross for immediate emergency efforts and paid all employees for any time missed while restaurants were closed.
About United Way
United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. Supported by 2.8 million volunteers, 9.8 million donors worldwide, and more than $4.7 billion raised every year, United Way is the world’s largest privately funded nonprofit. We’re engaged in nearly 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories worldwide to create sustainable solutions to the challenges facing our communities. United Way partners include global, national and local businesses, nonprofits, government, civic and faith-based organizations, along with educators, labor leaders, health providers, senior citizens, students and more. For more information about United Way, please visit UnitedWay.org. Read our Annual Report. Follow us on Twitter: @UnitedWay and #LiveUnited.
Steve Ells, Founder, Chairman and CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast food experience. Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in an interactive style allowing people to get exactly what they want. Chipotle seeks out extraordinary ingredients that are not only fresh, but that are raised responsibly, with respect for the animals, land, and people who produce them. Chipotle prepares its food using real, whole ingredients, and is the only national restaurant brand that prepares its food using no added colors, flavors or other industrial additives typically found in fast food. Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in Denver in 1993 and now operates more than 2,300 restaurants. For more information, visit Chipotle.com