Donation result of annual Iced Coffee Day initiative; Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation donates additional $10,000 to support hunger relief efforts in Central New York
Dunkin’ will celebrate National Donut Day in Central New York by offering guests a free classic donut with any beverage purchase on Friday, June 4
SYRACUSE, NY – Dunkin’ today celebrated the forthcoming National Donut Day by announcing the results of its recent Iced Coffee Day campaign and presenting a donation of $37,000 to Food Bank of Central New York. The Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation presented an additional $10,000 donation to the hunger relief organization.
Both donations come just one day before National Donut Day, which Dunkin’ will celebrate in Central New York with a free donut offer for its loyal guests. On Friday, June 4, Dunkin’ will offer guests a free classic donut of their choice with the purchase of any beverage at participating restaurants while supplies last.
“As we look ahead to National Donut Day, we are excited to announce the results of our annual Iced Coffee Day program and a donation from the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation which will help an organization that is vital to families and children in our community,” said Dunkin’ Field Marketing Manager Eric Stensland. “I would like to thank all of our loyal guests who joined us on Iced Coffee Day to help raise these important funds for Food Bank of Central New York. We encourage Central New York residents to join us tomorrow for a special treat as we celebrate National Donut Day.”
During the one-day event on May 26, Dunkin’ franchisees donated $1 from every cup of Iced Coffee sold at participating Dunkin’ restaurants to Food Bank of Central New York. Since its inception in 2012, Iced Coffee Day has generated more than $257,000 for non-profits in Central New York.
The Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation funding is part of the $1 million in emergency hunger relief grants that were made available to non-profits in March, bringing the total amount of Foundation grants awarded to battle hunger during the pandemic to $3.25 million.
The monetary donations come at an important time for Food Bank of Central New York, which has been working since the beginning of the pandemic to meet the increased demand for emergency food assistance throughout its service area. Since March 2020, the Food Bank has distributed more than 27.8 million pounds of food in response to record levels of need for nutritious foods throughout the emergency food network.
“We are grateful to the management and staff at Dunkin’ and to all of the customers that purchased an Iced Coffee on May 26,” said Karen Belcher, Executive Director at Food Bank of Central New York. “This year’s donation will help us continue to distribute nutritious food to individuals and families struggling with hunger. In addition, the grant received through the Joy in Childhood Foundation will help us provide boxes of nutritious food to children and their families this summer through our summer feeding programs.”
Food Bank of Central New York serves as the primary food supplier to the emergency food network, comprised of 380 partner agencies, within an 11-county service area across Central and Northern New York. The Food Bank distributed more than 24 million pounds of nutritious food during 2020 – the equivalent of 20 million meals – to families, children, and seniors struggling with hunger.
National Donut Day was originally established in 1938 by the Chicago Salvation Army to honor women who served donuts to soldiers during World War I. The holiday is traditionally celebrated on the first Friday of June. Dunkin’ has been serving guests signature donuts for 70 years.
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced regular/decaf/flavored coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 15 years running. The company has more than 12,600 restaurants in 40 countries worldwide. Dunkin’ is part of the Inspire Brands family of restaurants. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.
About Food Bank of Central New York
Food Bank of Central New York is a not-for-profit organization working to eliminate hunger through nutritious food distribution, education, and advocacy in cooperation with the community. We are the primary food supplier for 380 partner agencies in eleven counties of New York State, distributing 24,140,271 pounds of food last year. Food Bank of Central New York is a member of Feeding America. Visit foodbankcny.org for more information on the agency and its programs.