As teachers prepare to return to school, Chipotle is stepping up to help.
The restaurant chain announced on Tuesday that it will donate up to $100,000 to teachers who have paid for school supplies out of pocket for the year.
On Twitter, Chipotle asked teachers to respond to their post with a photo of their school supply receipt with the hashtag #SuppliesContest for a chance to get refunded on Venmo.
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According to the tweet, Chipotle will reimburse individual teachers up to $599 for the 2021-2022 school year. The gift is available to teachers in all 50 US states and Washington, DC
The initiative is a way for Chipotle to “shed light on an enormous challenge facing education professionals,” according to a press release.
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In its announcement, Chipotle cites a 2018 Department of Education study, which found that 94% of public school teachers pay out of pocket for school supplies and spend about $500 on average.
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“We wanted to give a helping hand to a community that has suffered so much over the past year,” Chipotle chief marketing officer Chris Brandt said in a statement. “Chipotle is a company that is committed to supporting teachers and we will continue to find creative ways to show our appreciation for the professionals who are cultivating a better future for our communities.”
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Besides the giveaway, Chipotle also offers a fundraising program that helps schools and organizations raise funds.
The chain will also offer customers the option to round up their order totals to the highest dollar amount to support the Kids In Need Foundation, which will fund approximately 100 underfunded schools with supplies, according to Chipotle’s announcement.