Letter from Dunkin’ Brands CEO Dave Hoffmann
To our Dunkin’ family,
Dunkin’ restaurants operate at the heart of the community, and our franchisees – the thousands of independent businessmen and women who own and operate these restaurants -- care deeply about the neighborhoods they serve. They demonstrate their care on a daily basis by supporting our Foundation in addition to hundreds of other local charities. Today, as a result of their support, I’m proud to announce that our Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation activated $1.25 million in emergency funding for organizations on the frontlines of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) response.
We want our community partners to know that in these unprecedented times, Dunkin’ and the Dunkin’ franchisees have their backs.
The mission of the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation is to bring joy to kids battling hunger or illness, and many of the Foundation’s grantees are health and hunger relief organizations at the heart of the relief effort.
In the past few days we’ve talked to partner food banks experiencing unprecedented need with limited volunteers and supply chain disruptions. We’ve connected with our partner hospitals who are preparing for an influx of patients. With this emergency funding, our goal is to provide flexible grants to the organizations who need it the most, as quickly as possible.
This support can make a real difference in a critical time. End 68 Hours of Hunger (Barnstead, N.H.), a recent grantee of the Foundation, sent us this letter yesterday:
“Typically this time of year when heating costs decrease, we see our number of clients decrease. With this pandemic, numbers are increasing and our costs are rising due to the scarcity of food in supermarkets. We’ve had to find alternative sources of food, and thanks to our gift from the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation, I am relieved we were able to do this WITHOUT HESITATION. We are able to feed kids during this time of crisis, and parents are responding with gratitude. You have allowed them some comfort in this scary time.”
If you know of a nonprofit organization needing support, please encourage them to apply for a grant at www.joyinchildhoodfoundation.org/covid19grants. Grants will be reviewed as quickly as possible and donations will be made.
For people looking for additional ways to help, you can donate to the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation’s COVID-19 relief fund on our website at www.joyinchildhoodfoundation.org.
We’re proud of our Foundation, and thankful to our Dunkin’ franchisees, who along with their restaurant teams, stand tall and Keep America Running day in and day out. We are happy to be able to give this support and want to encourage everyone to step in to help our communities during this time of great need.
CEO, Dunkin’ Brands