Boys & Girls Club receives $20,000 from Panda Express for academic support programs

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota Announces $20,000.00 Donation from Panda Cares(R) Foundation to Bring Academic Support Programming to Clubs


Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota receives investment in academic and education programming for Clubs in the St. Cloud metro area through a historic partnership with Panda Cares(R) Foundation.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota has received a donation of $20,000.00 from the Panda Cares(R) Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Panda Express(R), which will support the nonprofit’s mission of enabling and enriching the lives of young people. Through this partnership, Panda Cares and Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota will empower thousands of youth at Boys & Girls Clubs in the St. Cloud metro area to excel in school, character and leadership.

“Panda’s partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America furthers our commitment to impact and inspire a brighter future through health and education, creating powerful learning pathways and focused care for the holistic well-being of youth nationwide,” said Dr. Peggy Cherng, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Panda Express. “This donation brings us one step closer to achieving our long-term vision of building strong communities and fostering the growth of our young leaders.”

The national partnership will build on Panda Cares mission to support children and families in underserved communities under the pillars of health and education. With a mutual commitment to helping more youth reach their full academic potential through learning initiatives that are responsive to the unique needs of each young learner, Panda Cares monetary donation to local Boys & Girls Clubs will ensure more than 500 Boys & Girls Clubs will receive funding to provide high-quality in-person and virtual learning opportunities. The donation will also help pilot Panda Cares Centers of Hope, dedicated areas at BGCA that foster equity by delivering high-quality Club experiences that fuel the holistic needs of learning.

“Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota is so appreciative of this incredible support from Panda Cares Foundation,” said Mary Swingle, President/CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota. “This gift will help us further our mission to provide academic support to youth, especially those who have experiences learning loss, due to the pandemic. This summer, we are providing numerous educational enhancement activities, including Summer Brain Gain, to increase literacy and math skills in our youth through hands-on, minds-on activities that are fun and engaging for youth. Thank you, Panda Cares!”


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