Taco Bell gives $1M to support food pantries
Taco Bell is giving away free food to the needy and giving away gift cards to help make a difference.
Taco Bell announced on Monday that it has decided to provide $1 million in gift cards through the TCA Gift Card Program, to help fund the Food Pantries and Community Services programs that provide assistance to low-income and minority communities.
The company will use the funds to help pay for a number of initiatives, including the Food Bank of America’s Food Access Program, which supports about 1.5 million Americans in need, and the Taco Bell Food Bank Program, that provides free, healthy, nutritious meals to low income people and their families.
The program also will help provide assistance with purchasing and delivering food, including for the families of TCA’s franchisees, said TCA spokesperson Michelle Riggs.
The TCA Food Bank has served more than 1.6 million meals since its inception in 1998.
The program is administered by the nonprofit food bank, which has been providing free, nutritious food to needy Americans since 1991.
Tacos food program is the latest example of Taco Bell investing in its customers’ community.
The fast-food chain recently announced that it would donate $500 million to its local communities over the next four years.
The initiative will also help pay down the company’s debt, which the company said was $1.2 billion as of Sept. 30.
Tasago, Illinois-based Taco Bell was founded in 1955 and currently operates more than 2,000 restaurants in the United States, as well as stores in Australia, Belgium, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
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