From beef to buns, the fast food chain has donated millions of pounds of food.

By Isadora Baum
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McDonald’s announced it has donated $3.1 million dollars in food to support local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, that tallies up to nearly 3 million total pounds of food, which come from dairy, beef, produce, and baked goods to feed those in need. And in the last few weeks alone, McDonald’s donated over 1.2 million pounds of 100 percent USDA-inspected beef, in particular. Now that’s a lot of tasty burgers!

They have also donated more than 1.1 million pounds of dairy, from key menu items like milk and yogurt, more than 433,000 pounds of bakery items — such as bagels, cookies, and pies — and over 62,000 pounds of fresh produce, including apple slices, diced apples, lettuce, slivered onions, and Roma tomatoes.

“During this unprecedented time, McDonald’s is guided by the belief that we are all in this together. Our system is responding in big and small ways to help our customers, including donating food to those in need,” said Marion Gross, Chief Supply Chain Officer of McDonald's North America, in a press release. “We’re here to serve communities — that has been our guiding compass for the past 65 years and remains at the heart of everything we do, now more than ever.”

McDonald’s is working with longtime partner Food Donation Connection (FDC) and other organizations to make sure the extra food will be distributed through local charities and food banks to help families in need.

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