Panda Express feeds staff, donates nearly 20K masks to Children’s Specialized Hospital

By Emily Bader
Mountainside | Jul 13, 2020 at 4:45 am

Panda Express announced on Friday in recognition of its ongoing effort to support those on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has donated 1,920 KN95 particulate respirators and 18,000 single-use surgical masks to Children’s Specialized Hospital.

The Rosemead, California-based restaurant chain, which has locations throughout New Jersey, also said it donated meals to the hospital’s New Brunswick and Mountainside locations.

“On behalf of all the caregivers who work on the frontlines, we are grateful for these much-needed masks from our long-time partner Panda Express,” said Teri Nestel, interim president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “Panda’s generosity has never been more needed or more appreciated than during these challenging times. It’s comforting to know that these doctors and nurses have the needed resources necessary to care for those who depend on children’s hospitals now and into the future.”

The donation will help ensure the health and safety of the nonprofit hospital’s staff and young patients.

“Supporting the health care community has always been a priority for Panda Express, and we are blessed to have a partner with shared values of giving and inspiring better lives,” Dr. Peggy Cherng, co-founder and co-CEO of Panda Restaurant Group, said. “It is our privilege to be able to protect and provide comfort to the selfless hospital staff and patients at CMN Hospitals. We thank our guests and associates for their generosity and support that make these donations possible. We stand together to be stronger together.”

And, for the remainder of the year, participating Panda Express locations will offer a 10% in-store discount to health care workers and first responders with an employment badge.

Emily Bader | ebader@roi-nj.com | @emilybader