White Castle Philanthropy Project Will Benefit Staten Island Community Projects
STATEN ISLAND, NY – White Castle’s recently established philanthropic program will benefit the people of Staten Island. In a gesture intended to recognize local nonprofits in the area, the 101-year-old company introduced its “District Charity of Choice” to raise money for local causes.
“As a family business through four generations of leadership, we are always on the lookout for organizations and causes in our communities that can benefit most from our support,” said Erin Shannon, corporate relations manager. of White Castle and a fourth generation family member.
She added, “So we’ve developed this new corporate giving program in a way that not only benefits local communities, but also empowers our team members to make a difference.”
The program began in 2021. Last year, in its initial effort, for a few weeks during the year, restaurants urged customers to round food checks to the nearest dollar, with the extra money going to selected local charities.
All combined, White Castle’s 350 restaurants have raised over $1.1 million for 48 different charities. This money is in addition to the more than $1.1 million White Castle raised through its company-wide roundup programs to benefit Autism Speaks in late 2020 and 2021.
The 48 nonprofit recipients of White Castle’s charitable donations in 2021 included food banks, homeless shelters and humane societies, as well as after-school programs, mental illness advocacy groups and shelters. emergency for victims of domestic violence. White Castle staff also donated thousands of volunteer hours to organizations that received donations.
The company has decided to continue it until 2022 and indefinitely.
Giving back has been a company tradition since its founding in 1949. Entrepreneur EW “Billy” Ingram believed the company should invest in the future of others and give back to the communities where it operated. In 1949 he established what is now known as the Ingram-White Castle Foundation for worthy causes.
In 2005, White Castle launched its “Castle Shares” program to encompass both Ingram-White Castle Foundation grantmaking and White Castle’s corporate philanthropy. Each year, the two entities combined donate more than $2 million to charitable causes, community groups and nonprofit organizations.
To benefit from the program, documentation of White Castle’s Castle Shares initiative is available at whitecastle.com/castle-commitments/castle-shares.
In the chain’s food news, two Lenten-inspired specialties headline the menu. Available in small, medium, and small sizes, Shrimp Nibblers are the fishy companions to Fish Nibblers, Seafood Crab Cake Slider, and Fish Panko Fish Slider. The latter features wild-caught puff pastry Alaskan pollock coated in seasoned panko breadcrumbs, then topped with American cheese. Fish Nibblers are native to Wild Alaska Pollock and feature a crispy coating. These too come in easy-to-eat nibblers.
Pamela Silvestri is editor-in-chief of Advance Food. She can be reached at [email protected].