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Foodlink, Red Cross recipients of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee donation

Dunkin' Donuts donated nearly 1,000 pounds of coffee to two area nonprofits Thursday.

Dunkin’ Donuts donated nearly 1,000 pounds of coffee to two area nonprofits.

Dunkin’ Donuts and its Rochester franchisees are waking up the region through a nearly 1,000-pound donation of coffee to two area nonprofits.

To celebrate National Coffee Day, Dunkin’ Donuts this week donated 300 pounds of coffee to Foodlink Inc. and 500 pounds of coffee to the American Red Cross, Greater Rochester Chapter. The Foodlink donation represents one pound of coffee for every run the Rochester Red Wings scored this season, a local Dunkin’ Donuts tradition.

Foodlink is a regional food bank serving the Greater Rochester area, while the Red Cross donation will help with the organization’s efforts for families and volunteers nationwide. Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees across the country this week donated 14 tons of coffee to the Red Cross.

“Dunkin’ Donuts is proud to support the Red Cross mission and contribute to the major relief efforts currently underway by the American Red Cross nationwide,” said Dunkin’ Donuts field marketing manager Abbey Celeste, in a statement. “Dunkin’ Donuts is dedicated to helping all of our neighbors and guests in times of need, and we hope this donation provides support to the Red Cross and the people they serve.”

Dunkin’ Donuts has pledged $150,000 of in-kind product donations to contribute to the recent relief and recovery efforts in Texas and Florida.

“We would like to thank Dunkin’ Donuts for this generous donation of coffee,” said Jay Bonafede, chief communications officer for the American Red Cross, Western and Central New York Region. “The Red Cross relies on the generosity of the public to provide assistance. This donation of a warm cup of coffee will help provide comfort and help to power our volunteers through very long work days helping people in need across the country.”

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