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McDonald’s Donates One Million N95 Masks to IL Healthcare Professionals

By Charli Renken

McDonald’s Donates One Million N95 Masks to IL Healthcare Professionals

The fast-food company will donate 750,000 N95 masks to Chicago and 250,000 to the state of IL.

McDonald’s announced April 6 that the company will donate one million masks to IL healthcare workers and first responders. With the company’s headquarters residing in downtown Chicago, McDonald’s is working with its supply partners to mobilize global resources to be distributed locally. These masks are sorely needed with over 11,000 coronavirus cases in IL.

During a massive PPE shortage, the state of IL continues to track down any supplies available while encouraging residents to stay home. McDonald’s is making up a huge percentage of new supplies coming to IL with a planned donation of 750,000 N-95 mask to Chicago, IL, which as of publication has over 4,600 coronavirus cases in the city alone, and 250,000 to the state of IL.

An N95 mask. Source: FDA.gov

“We’re committed to getting these much-needed resources into the hands of the people who need them most,” McDonald’s representatives said in a statement. “As communities around the world rally together in these uncertain times, our focus is on providing hot food to those who need it most and supporting recovery efforts. We’re all in this together and we will continue to do our part to safely serve our customers and the communities they call home.”

Both Gov J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot thanked McDonald’s for the donation. “We are thankful and proud to have a hometown hero like McDonald’s as our partner during this time,” said Mayor Lightfoot.

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This recent donation follows the company’s $1 million and 400,000 KF94 masks to the State of Illinois COVID-19 fund, as well as major donations made in Italy to build a temporary Milan Hospital, and in China.

Feature photo courtesy of McDonald’s.