CANTON, Mass., July 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of The Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation (DDBRCF), comprised of local franchise owners and Dunkin' Brands corporate employees, today announced $205,300 in grants to support 14 organizations throughout Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The focus of The DDBRCF is to serve our neighborhoods by taking care of their basic needs – safety, hunger relief and children's health. To date, the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of The DDBRCF has raised more than $1 million to support non-profit organizations through numerous fundraising efforts in the regions it serves.
The following local grants support organizations that address hunger, safety and children's health:
- Food Bank of Delaware (Newark, DE) – $5,000 to address childhood hunger during the school year, which has been a proven tool to improve children's behavior, concentration, and school performance.
- Kind to Kids Foundation (Wilmington, DE) - $2,800 to provide two instructors to teach critical life skills like budgeting, employment, self-health care, along with providing valuable wellness life experiences through its LifeSkills educational program.
- Long Island Cares, Inc. – the Harry Chapin Food Bank (Hauppauge, NY) – $15,000 to support the DDBR Kitchen Studio for nutrition workshops and nutritious menu planning demonstrations for member agencies and SNAP participants
- Starlight Children's Foundation NY*NJ*CT (New York, New York ) - $65,000 to create "The Starlight Care Room" transforming child treatment rooms from cold, sterile environments into more comfortable, beneficial, and hopeful surroundings.
- Stony Brook Children's Hospital (Stony Brook, NY) - $5,000 to support the physical, emotional, and mental development of infants, children, and teenagers, in a state-of-the-art facility that promotes healing and comfort to families in times of crisis.
- City Harvest (New York, NY) - $20,000 to support their Emergency Food Rescue and Distribution operations that help to feed the more than one million hungry men, women and children in New York City who seek emergency food each year.
- The Community Food Bank of New Jersey (Hillside, NJ) – $20,000 to sponsor one of its Kids Cafe sites for 2013. Kids Cafes provide nourishing meals to children from food-insecure households.
- Police Unity Tour (Florham Park, NJ) - $2,500 to support awareness of Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line of duty.
- Philabundance (Philadelphia, PA) – $25,000 to support Philabundance's "Fresh For All" site in Edgewater Park, New Jersey. Like a traveling farmers market, Fresh For All delivers free fresh fruits and vegetables each week to people in need in 12 communities across the Delaware Valley that otherwise would not have access to healthy, affordable produce.
- Special Olympics Pennsylvania (Norristown, PA) - $10,000 to support programs for local Special Olympic athletes.
- The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation (Philadelphia, PA) – $25,000 to support childhood cancer research and care.
- Police Athletic League of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA) - $ 5,000 to support free educational, athletic, recreational, and cultural after-school and summer programs in a safe environment.
- Maryland Food Bank (Halethorpe, MD) – $5,000 to The Maryland Food Bank's School Pantry Program, part of the MFB Kids Initiative to End Youth Hunger. The School Pantry Program distributes food to children and families in need across the state, while engaging parents in volunteerism to build stronger, healthier, happier children and schools.
- Good Sports (Quincy, MA) – $10,000 to provide sports equipment grants to Philadelphia area child-serving organizations to help lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles.
"We are thrilled to provide $205,300 in grants to these worthy organizations that serve the basic needs of our local communities and make a significant impact in the Mid-Atlantic region," said Seth Goldstein, a Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins franchisee and co-chair of the Mid-Atlantic chapter of The Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation. "Both Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins are committed to giving back to the communities where we live and work, and we look forward to supporting these local organizations in their efforts to help those in need."
The Mid-Atlantic chapter of The DDBRCF selected the grant recipients based on the magnitude of the need, the worthiness of the cause, and the number of people who benefit from the donation.
In addition, the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the DDBRCF hosted its sixth annual Dunkin' Cup charity golf tournament on June 24 at Ramblewood Country Club in Mt. Laurel, NJ to raise money to continue to support local nonprofit organizations through semi-annual grants. This year, approximately $435,000 was raised as a result of generous donations from Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins franchisees, Dunkin' Brands employees, golfers, community members and sponsors. Since its inception in 2008, the Dunkin' Cup charity golf tournament has raised nearly $1.3 million dollars.
The mission of Dunkin' Donuts charitable foundation, DDBRCF is to serve its neighborhoods by taking care of their basic needs - safety, hunger relief and children's health. The DDBRCF brings together a wide network of stakeholders, including franchisees, crew members and employees to serve their local communities. Launched in 2006, The DDBRCF giving total is more than $4.4 million.
About the Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation
The Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation brings together a wide network of stakeholders, including franchisees, crew members and employees. The focus of the Foundation is to serve our neighborhoods by taking care of their basic needs – safety, hunger relief and children's health.
To learn more about the Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation, please visit www.dunkinbrands.com/foundation.
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