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Charleys Kids Foundation awards over $1 million to children’s charities

COLUMBUS, OH – The Charleys Kids Foundation, founded by Charley Shin of Charleys Philly Steaks, proudly announced the distribution of over $1 million in grants, the largest amount in its history, to more than 60 organizations since January 2021.

The Charleys Kids Foundation (Charleys Kids) helps provide children with the necessary resources they need to succeed by supporting education, food and mentorship efforts throughout the United States. The foundation is funded by the sale of Charleys’ combo meals at its 700+ locations. For every combo meal purchased, ten cents are donated to Charleys Kids.

According to Brian Hipsher, chief marketing officer for Charleys Philly Steaks, the annual amount of grants issued is expected to grow, which will allow Charleys Kids to help more youth.

“Charleys’ combo meals are popular at all of our restaurants,” said Hipsher. “As the number of Charleys Philly Steaks locations continues to increase, so will the amount available to nonprofit organizations through Charleys Kids.”

Grants issued in 2022 by the foundation have benefitted 60,000+ youth throughout the United States.

“The support of Charleys Kids has made a tremendous impact on our students,” said Rachel Rosenbaum of Bright Prospect, a nonprofit in Pomona, CA dedicated to increasing college access and economic mobility in its community.  “This year’s grant is helping more than 2,700 high school and college students along their pathway to a college degree.”

Charleys Kids helps kidsPACK, Inc., provide children in need from Polk County, Florida with a backpack full of nutritious food on Friday to sustain them on weekends when they do not have access to school-provided meals.  

“Our sole mission is to feed kids,” said Amy Royal, kidsPACK, Inc., program manager. “The generosity from Charleys Kids for the past two years has been amazing.”

Organizations like Asian American Community Services (AACS), whose mission is to improve the overall well-being and quality of life for Asians in central Ohio through education and training to overcome cultural and language barriers, consider the grant from Charleys Kids instrumental in providing youth with essential services.

“The support from Charleys Kids allows children in the community to participate in our Healthy Asian Youth (HAY) program where they have access to mentoring, homework assistance, learning and enrichment activities,” said Seyla Kramer, interim executive director for AACS. 

The grant that ASCS received this year covered the cost of transportation to and from a community recreation center where the HAY program is hosted.

“HAY encourages students to stay enrolled in school and work toward completing their high school career.  Thanks to Charleys Kids, 27 students are safely transported to and from the program sit

Organizations awarded grants from the Charleys Kids Foundation from 2021-2022:
AACS, Academic Learning Center, Arizona Brainfood, Inc., Asia Hope, Bright Prospect, Brookline Teen Outreach, Casa Hogar, Central  Ohio Youth For Christ Inc., Children at Risk, Children’s Hunger Alliance, City Hope Community, Ciudad Nueva Community Outreach, College Bound, Colorado “I Have A Dream” Foundation, ConnectiKids, Create Your Own Dream, Degrees of Change- Act Six, Division of Indian Work, Docusen Ministries The Neighborliness Center, Electric Girls, Elevate New England, Elevate New York, Elevate Orlando, Elevate Phoenix, Enroot Inc., For the Love of Children, Friends of the Children, Hearts for Lebanon Foundation, Horton’s Kids, i Mentor, Kid Power, Inc., KidsPACK Inc., LifeWise Academy, Little Lights Urban Ministry, Lower Lights, Lower Lights Early Childhood Enrichment Center, Mountain Park Baptist Church, National Restaurant Association Foundation, Native American Advancement Foundation, Open Doors, Orlando After-School All-Stars, OutKast, Pathways International, Pomona Hope, Rapha International, Real Options for City Kids, Right Moves For Youth, The Fishing School, The Refugee Response, The Wooden Floor, Urban Ranger Corps, UrbanPromise Charlotte, Waterbury Youth Services, Wellspring Detroit, Wings of Hope, YFC Camping, Young Life Columbus, Young Life:  South Carolina Grand Stand and ZOE International.

Nonprofit organizations providing services to youth in the areas of education, food/hunger and mentorship are invited to contact Charleys Kids Foundation,, for grant application information.


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Hannah Schuller, Inspire PR Group


About Charleys Philly Steaks

In 1986, Charleys redefined the Cheesesteak. Today, over 700 locations around the globe serve up the #1 Cheesesteak in The World®, made with fresh, quality ingredients and grilled-to-order the Charleys way. Also known for its loaded Gourmet Fries and refreshing natural Lemonades, Charleys Philly Steaks locations can be found in retail shopping centers, airports and U.S. military bases worldwide. With more than 200 like-minded franchise partners, the restaurant is rapidly expanding its global footprint to serve up mouthwatering Philly Cheesesteaks that customers can feel good about purchasing. For every combo meal sold domestically at participating locations, 10 cents are donated to support at-risk children via the Charleys Kids Foundation. For more information on Charleys Philly Steaks, visit or follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @charleyscheesesteaks and Twitter at @charleys.