Chipotle Mexican Grill donated $380,000 to the United Way’s California wildfire recovery efforts after hosting a fundraiser in late November. More than 75,000 Californians showed their support for wildfire victims by visiting the 154 participating Chipotle restaurants in the Sacramento and Los Angeles region during the fundraiser event.

“We hope this donation to the United Way’s California wildfire recovery efforts helps individuals and families impacted by some of the worst wildfires in our state’s history to re-establish their lives and rebuild,” says Laurie Schalow, Chief Communications Officer at Chipotle. “We felt it was important to do our part and help the communities affected by these disasters through a United Way donation.”

Donated funds to local United Ways are fueling interim- and long-term recovery assistance to residents affected by the devastating wildfires in Northern and Southern California. This is part of $1.4 million that Chipotle has donated since 2017 to help United Way rebuild communities after natural disasters. Chipotle donated to United Way relief efforts for the Mexico earthquake and Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in 2017 as well as Hurricane Florence in 2018.

“United Way is incredibly grateful that Chipotle continues to reach out during these natural disasters to help those in need,” says Lisa Bowman, United Way Worldwide’s Chief Marketing Officer. “So many people, homes and communities have been affected by the Californiawildfires, and it will take time to get back to any semblance of normalcy. It’s heartening to see such generous support from our partner, Chipotle, and its customers.”

In addition to the United Way fundraiser, Chipotle donated meals to feed volunteers at the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) at the American Red Cross of Los Angeles.

For more information on how to support California wildfire relief efforts, visit

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