The charitable arm of Buffalo Wild Wings and Arby’s parent Inspire Brands has formed a $1 million COVID-19 relief fund to assist industry aid efforts and combat childhood hunger.
The Inspire Brands Foundation has chosen Genyouth, a nonprofit organization committed to feeding school-aged children in need, as its first recipient. A $100,000 grant has been presented to the nonprofit through one of the Foundation’s subsidiaries, the Arby’s Foundation. The money will be distributed in $3,000 chunks to 33 schools with the aim of feeding students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals under the federal school lunch and breakfast programs.
The Inspire Brands Foundation has yet to announce other recipients of the funds.
Inspire Brands was formed through Arby’s $2.9 billion purchase of Buffalo Wild Wings and a smaller sister brand, Rusty Taco. The company has since added Jimmy John’s and Sonic Drive-In to its holdings.
With five brands, Inspire is one of the nation’s largest restaurant franchisors.