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Panda Cares Foundation Partners with Boys & Girls Club to Foster Academic Success

Lincoln, NE — Boys & Girls Clubs of Lincoln/Lancaster County (BGCL) is thrilled to announce a $10,000 grant from Panda Cares Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Panda Express. This generous contribution will directly support academic success initiatives for Club youth.

Since 2020, Panda Cares Foundation has been a steadfast partner of Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), collectively investing over $13 million to enhance academic programming across the nation. This commitment goes beyond just funding, with Panda Cares providing in-kind donations of books, meals, and more to bolster the academic well-being of Club members.

Recognizing the educational disparities faced by some youth, Panda Cares and BGCA have joined forces to level the playing field. This partnership empowers young people at Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide to excel in academics, develop strong character, and cultivate leadership skills, ultimately paving the way for brighter futures.

“We are incredibly grateful for the unwavering support of Panda Cares Foundation,” said Claire Shinn, Director of Resource Development at BGCL. “This grant will be instrumental in providing our Club members with the resources and opportunities they need to thrive academically.”

Panda Cares Foundation's dedication to youth education extends beyond national partnerships. They encourage local engagement through initiatives like Panda Cares Day, food donation programs, and local restaurant fundraisers.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Lincoln/Lancaster County, with the support of Panda Cares Foundation, is committed to empowering youth to reach their full potential.

About Panda Express

On a mission to inspire better lives, Panda Express® is the largest Asian dining concept in the U.S. Family-owned and operated since 1983 by co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew and Peggy Cherng, Panda Express is best known as a trailblazer for creating a wide variety of industry-first recipes, including its best seller the Original Orange Chicken® and award-winning Honey Walnut Shrimp™, which have defined the category of authentic American Chinese cuisine. Each dish at Panda Express, including the Wok Smart® selections, is thoughtfully crafted with quality ingredients and inspired by bold Chinese flavors and culinary principles. The restaurant brand has more than 2,200 locations and has introduced American Chinese cuisine to twelve international countries.

Powered by this global family of associates, Panda Cares®, the philanthropic arm of Panda Express, has raised more than $237 million and dedicated countless volunteer hours in bettering the health and education for over 12 million youths, as well as supporting communities in need since 1999. In 2020, the organization established the Panda Cares Scholars Program to provide the necessary funding, academic support and leadership development to help high school and college students learn, lead and thrive towards a bright future. For more information, visit or



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