America’s Most Charitable Restaurant Chains

According to QSR, in April 2022, fast food chain Wendy’s pledged $185,000 in donations to various organizations in the United States and Canada. A food bank, crisis hotline and community action agency were among the beneficiaries. Wendy’s also contributed $125,000 to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, an organization that supports students at or planning to attend HBCUs.

That $185,000 might seem like a small change for such a large restaurant chain, and to be fair, it is. However, this is just one of the company’s many charitable efforts. In fact, founder Dave Thomas was a donor, and as his business grew, encouraged him to give back to organizations that helped foster families, fueled strong, vibrant communities, and worked to alleviate hunger.

In 2017, the company launched WeCare, a fund that provides emergency relief to full-time and part-time Wendy’s employees. He also launched Wendy’s Community Giving Program in 2020, which pledges to support multiple organizations throughout the year. The fast-food chain is also looking to get its employees in on the action by encouraging them to volunteer with local organizations that its restaurants can support through food drives and other events.

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