OAK BROOK, IL--(Marketwired - Aug 30, 2017) - McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD) announces that it will donate $1 million to the American Red Cross in support of the relief and recovery efforts for families impacted by Hurricane Harvey. In addition, the company announced a $250,000 employee matching program.
"In the aftermath of this tragic storm, we are seeing the inherent kindness and character of Americans as we pull together to help all of those affected by the devastation," said McDonald's U.S. President Chris Kempczinski. "We stand ready to help those in need as they recover and rebuild."
"As local business people, we have seen firsthand how Hurricane Harvey has affected our customers, employees, and neighbors," said Matthew Kades, President of the McDonald's Owner/Operators Association of Greater Houston. "We continue to pray for the safety of each and every family affected by this terrible storm. We are confident Houston will recover from the incredible damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, and we hope this donation will help us get there a little quicker."
On the ground, local McDonald's restaurants have been assisting with relief efforts by donating thousands of water bottles to the local Red Cross and open McDonald's restaurants in the Houston area are providing free meals to first responders.
While approximately 130 McDonald's restaurants remain closed at this time, locations continue to open as conditions allow.
"Our first priority is the safety and well-being of our employees and customers, and local teams are working to re-open restaurants as soon as possible to serve their communities," Kempczinski added.
McDonald's is the world's leading global foodservice retailer with over 37,000 locations in over 100 countries. Approximately 85 percent of McDonald's restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local business men and women.