Through DonorsChoose, teachers request resources their students need, and donors within their community and across the country give to the requests that inspire them. Since 2021, Panda Cares has donated more than $4 million to teachers through DonorsChoose. Through its commitment to inspire better lives, Panda has helped fund more than 16,000 projects from schools serving students from low-income households near Panda Express’s 2,200+ locations.
In addition to setting students up for success, Panda’s support has created countless moments of joy, learning, and community. Here are a few of our favorite moments from the past two school years of Panda support!
Panda Express delivered meals to more than 9,000 teachers and school staff in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week
To celebrate the ways that teachers go above and beyond for their students, Panda went above and beyond for teachers! During Teachers Appreciation Week 2022, Panda Express delivered thousands of meals to public schools near their locations.
Panda brought to life 3,322 Warmth, Care & Hunger projects
When students have the food and basic necessities they need to feel comfortable, learning can flourish. Panda helped provide essentials like nutritious snacks, deodorant, and warm gloves for the winter. In her project “Comfort Care Kits,” elementary school teacher Mrs. Lloyd shared why these resources are so important.
“Many students are forced to deal with the anxiety that accompanies living without day-to-day necessities, often making school the least of their worries. The comfort kits give students the resources they need to learn and grow, allowing them to devote their energy and attention toward succeeding in school.”
Teachers celebrated on social
Imagine that your favorite restaurant decided to shower you with all the things you need most. For thousands of teachers, that’s exactly what Panda Express did! Teachers flocked to social media to show their gratitude for Panda.
Panda helped fund 2,451 teachers’ first DonorsChoose project
Nothing beats the excitement of getting that very first rocketship email saying that your request for resources has been funded! Panda’s match offer and full project funding made sure thousands of teachers felt the love of our community.
Director of Panda Cares, Winnie Chan, shared what this funding means to Panda
“Our work together was able to fund a variety of projects that enrich student learning, teacher experiences, and classroom environments in over 44 states. On behalf of all the associates at Panda, we remain committed to creating meaningful opportunities with DonorsChoose that enables us to rally behind better education and resources, because we believe that all children deserve the best education possible regardless of socioeconomic status."
We’re so grateful for all of the learning made possible through Panda’s support!