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Chipotle Supports California Parks with $100,000 Donation

Chipotle makes picnicking in the Golden State’s parks easy by offering half off Burritos by the Box orders of six or more from any California Chipotle on Saturday, June 30.

will donate $100,000 to support the California State Parks Foundation’s (CSPF) fundraising efforts following a $22 million budget cut to state parks, resulting in the scheduled closure of up to 70 California parks on July 1.

On Saturday, June 30, Chipotle urges guests to take advantage of California’s parks, the day before many of them close, by offering half off Burritos by the Box orders of six or more from its California restaurants. As an added bonus, anyone that participates in Chipotle’s promotion will receive a free day pass for the admittance of one vehicle into a California state park of their  choice.

In addition to the monetary contribution, Chipotle’s sponsorship also includes providing lunch and free meal cards for individuals who participate in CSPF’s Park Champions Program and volunteer their time in state parks to fill in the gaps left by funding cuts.

Chipotle is dedicated to supporting family farmers, cultivating more sustainable sources, and respecting and preserving green spaces. A cornerstone of Chipotle’s business model is a commitment to providing premium quality ingredients that are accessible and affordable.

"Our commitment to sourcing local produce, pasture-raised dairy, and naturally raised meat is similar to CSPF’s efforts to keep parks and open spaces accessible to all, and not attached to a hefty price tag,” said Chris Arnold, Chipotle’s communications director. “In the grand scheme of things, this donation is a small step in the right direction. We hope to inspire our customers to explore the wonders of California’s parks with burritos in tow and give back in their own way to CSPF.”

"CSPF is thrilled to announce Chipotle Mexican Grill as our first corporate donor to our Answer the Call fundraising campaign, which was created to address the impending closure of dozens of state parks on July 1," said CSPF President Elizabeth Goldstein. "Chipotle's generous contribution of $100,000 and its ongoing support throughout the year through restaurant promotions, membership incentives, and volunteer refreshment provisions will enable us to work to help keep parks open. We look forward to partnering with them in various ways that will benefit state parks into the future."

To participate in the Burritos by the Box promotion, Chipotle customers can pick up an order form from any California Chipotle, or log onto www.Chipotle.com and download a Burritos by the Box order form from their nearest location.

The order form allows customers to identify how many chicken, steak, carnitas, barbacoa or vegetarian burritos they would like to order. The burritos come packed in a box with handles for easy transportation, along with sides of sour cream, chips, medium tomatillo-green chili salsa, and freshly made guacamole.

This offer is only available Saturday, June 30, at California restaurants on orders of six burritos or more. Guests participating in the promotion will also be treated to a free California State Park day pass, redeemable for admission for one vehicle at any state park. For orders of 50 burritos or more, please allow at least 24 hours’ notice prior to pick up. The maximum order accepted is 100 burritos.

About Chipotle

Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast food experience. Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls (a burrito without the tortilla) and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in a distinctive atmosphere. Through our vision of Food With Integrity, Chipotle is seeking better food from using ingredients that are not only fresh, but that—where possible—are sustainably grown and naturally raised with respect for the animals, the land, and the farmers who produce the food. A similarly focused people culture, with an emphasis on identifying and empowering top performing employees, enables us to develop future leaders from within. Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in 1993 and currently operates more than 1,250 restaurants. For more information, visit Chipotle.com.

About CSPF

With its 130,000 members, the California State Parks Foundation is the only independent nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting, enhancing, and advocating for California's magnificent state parks. For more information about California's state parks, visit calparks.org. CSPF recently launched Answer the Call, a major fundraising campaign that incorporates both immediate steps to stem the tide of park closures and a bold vision to safeguard, strengthen, and sustain parks through new models of excellence.


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Paul B June 29, 2012 at 11:23 PM
How sad. We need corporations to "donate" to keep a park that our tax money is supposed to be used for to keep open. Soon you'll be able to "sponsor" a courthouse and judge, maybe even a whole police department.

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