Chipotle Mexican Grill will donate half of all sales from its 60 North Carolina restaurants on Sunday, September 30 to the United Way Hurricane Florence Recovery Fund. The fund will help local United Ways meet storm-related needs and support mid- to long-term recovery throughout the affected regions.
"Our communities—including our employees and our customers—across North Carolina are dealing with the destruction of Florence, and we want to do what we can to help rebuild," says Brian Niccol, Chipotle CEO. "Since the storm hit, we've fed volunteers, worked with our local suppliers to donate food, and made sure our employees were compensated even when restaurants were closed. Being part of the community means taking care of each other, and we hope to do just that by raising funds for the United Way Hurricane Florence Recovery Fund."
"United Way is grateful to work with organizations, like Chipotle, that share our commitment to helping those in crisis find a path to recovery," adds Mary Sellers, U.S. president, United Way Worldwide. "The Florence-affected areas of North Carolina are, and will continue to face severe challenges. United Way is continually assessing storm damage and resulting needs. With Chipotle and its customers, we'll continue to fight for the health and safety of every North Carolinian affected by Florence."
To contribute to the cause, residents can simply visit any Chipotle in North Carolina at any time from open to close (10:45 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.) on Sunday, September 30, and half the pre-tax proceeds of all food and beverage sales will be donated to United Way. Digital, catering and takeout orders placed for September 30, in addition to any orders placed in the restaurants, will also be included in this fundraising effort.
In addition to the fundraiser scheduled in the 60 North Carolina restaurants, Chipotle has donated more than 1,500 burritos to feed first responders over the last two weeks. Chipotle also made a cash donation to the Red Cross for immediate emergency efforts.