McDONALD’S DONATES 41,423 HAPPY MEALS TO LOCAL CHILDREN IN NEED
McDonald’s® restaurants in the Coastal Carolina Co-Op* donated 41,423 Happy Meals® to local children in need through a program called “Buy One, Give One Happy Meals” that ran from April 2015 thru December 2015.
In April 2015, local McDonald’s owner/operators came together to launch a new program that empowers families to give a meal to a local child who does not know from where his or her next meal is coming, with local McDonald’s owner/operators picking up the tab. In January, the U.S. Census Bureau released that 16 million—or one in five children—were on food stamps in 2014, the highest number since the nation’s economy tumbled in 2008.* McDonald’s “Buy One, Give One Happy Meal” program inspired families to purchase a Happy Meal, and with that purchase, McDonald’s donated a second Happy Meal to a local food bank organization to give to a local child who is food insecure.
“Through Buy One, Give One Happy Meals, we at McDonald’s can do our part to provide these children in need with a meal, and also empower our customers to be part of the giving and understand the problem they are helping address, ” said Chris Valdes , local McDonald’s owner/operator.
TheBuy One, Give One Happy Meal program took place on the first Monday of the month at all participating Coastal area McDonald’s restaurants starting in April and running through December 2015. (Monday April 6th, Monday May 4th, Monday June 1st, Monday July 6th, Monday August 3rd, Monday Sept. 7th Monday Oct. 5th, Monday Nov. 2nd and Monday Dec. 7th). For each Happy Meal purchase made on the first Monday of the month from April through December 2015, McDonald’s donated Happy Meal redemption cards to several local non-profit organizations that collectively reach all counties the McDonald’s Coastal Carolina Co-Op.*
- Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Charleston- Pee Dee
- First Fruit Ministries- Wilmington
- Food Bank for Central & Eastern North Carolina- Wilmington
- Free Choice Food Pantry - Robeson
- Harvest Hope- Pee Dee
- Help4Kids Florence
- Help4Kids Horry County
- Low Country Food Bank – Myrtle Beach
- NourishNC, Inc.
“No other product represents children and food quite like a Happy Meal, and now more than ever, Happy Meals provide wholesome choices such as apple slices, low-fat yogurt, and low-fat or fat-free milk,” said Valdes. “We are committed to being a good neighbor and because of our breadth throughout the area, we are in a unique position to help address this need in our community.”
McDonald’s of the Coastal Carolina Co-Op* donated 41,423