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Please review the guidelines below to determine whether your organization or program is eligible.

Donation Guidelines

  • Non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that directly supports the health and educational needs of underserved children
  • Non-political
  • Non-religious
  • Public organization in good financial and community standing
  • If seeking a food donation, children must be the primary attendees of the event
  • If seeking a food donation, applications must be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to the event
  • If seeking a food donation, Panda Restaurant Group associates must be on site to serve the food
  • Only one request per nonprofit organization per region will be accepted within a calendar year

The following events do not qualify for donations: event/team sponsorships, monetary donation requests, fundraisers, walks/runs, open house, graduation or related festivities and community carnivals.

Please allow 1-2 weeks for your application to be processed. If your organization is selected, we will notify you to coordinate details. Organizations that do not meet our guidelines will be notified via mail. Due to the large volume of requests we receive daily, we cannot guarantee that every request that matches our guidelines will receive a donation.

To submit a donation request, please fill out the application found here:

Request a Food Donation

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Panda Cares provide assistance to individuals?

No. Panda Cares’ support is strictly limited to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations that benefit the health and education of underserved children. We do not sponsor individuals for financial, athletic or other personal endeavors.

Does Panda Cares sponsor political causes, organizations or candidates?

No. Panda Cares’ support is strictly limited to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations that benefit the health and education of underserved children.

Does Panda Cares provide donations to religious organizations, programs or events?

No. Panda Cares’ support is strictly limited to 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-political and non-religious organizations that benefit the health and education of underserved children.

Does the Panda Cares program donate gift certificates for fundraising purposes?

Yes. Panda Cares donates Panda Express or Panda Inn gift cards to non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations for the proposes of raffles or silent auctions that benefit the health and education of underserved children.

Does the Panda Cares program donate food?

Yes. Panda Cares provides food donations for events that benefit the health and education of underserved children, and where children are the primary attendees. Please see our guidelines above to see if your event qualifies.

Are food donation requests accepted year round?

Yes. Panda Cares accepts food donation requests year round for events that benefit the health and education of underserved children, and where children are the primary attendees. All requests must be received at least 4 weeks in advance. Please see our guidelines above to see if your event qualifies.

How do I apply for a Panda Cares donation?

You may submit a Food Donation Request here.