The restaurant chain sent free boxes of burrito to medical centers on Thursday to celebrate National Burrito Day in honor of the health heroes who care for COVID-19 patients. CEO Brian Niccol told CNBC’s Jim Cramer that the company wants to engage customers.
“The people who buy these gift cards will be able to donate 10% of that revenue to the health care organizations that support these people,” he said in a Mad Money interview. “So it’s in the works and I think it will probably be the easiest way where we can’t all come together to continue supporting the people who are really doing heroic things right now. “
Niccol did not provide any other details of the proposal. The suggestion came on the same day that the global cases of COVID-19 exceeded one million. In the United States, more than 242,000 people have been diagnosed infected.
In addition to a shortage of supplies, including personal protective equipment, hospital staff are faced with an influx of patients with coronavirus. Government officials have ordered the closure of social distancing measures and the closure of businesses during the pandemic to stop the spread of a deadly virus in order to reduce pressure on the overworked
Health officials have called on hospital systems to increase the number of beds and suspend elective surgery. Nurses are also in short supply today.
In New York City, the epicenter of the epidemic in the United States, Governor Andrew Cuomo has requested that health workers across the country come down to the state to help fight the coronavirus. New York State had more than 92,500 cases Thursday evening, including more than 51,800 cases in New York, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Outside of hospitals, the foodservice industry is feeling the pain of multi-state home orders, which has pushed consumer spending on restaurant meals. Restaurants were allowed to continue delivery and takeout services, but mandates weighed on results.