Founded in 1970, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is the world’s largest charitable funder of type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, raising more than $1.6 billion in research funds since its inception. T1D is an autoimmune disease that can strike at any age, and can be fatal. Until a cure is found, people with T1D have to test their blood sugar and give themselves multiple insulin injections each and every day of their lives.
"We were extremely selective when identifying a national charitable cause that our brand could support system-wide. Our organization is happy to be working with JDRF to fund essential research toward type 1 diabetes," said Kelly Roddy, president of Schlotzsky’s. "This decision was more than an act of corporate philanthropy; this was the alignment of two organizations that are passionate about helping those with this disease."
Each fall, Schlotzsky's hosts a national Step Up! for JDRF campaign in our restaurants. We also regularly host numerous opportunities to raise funds for JDRF both on a national and local level through diabetes walks, galas, sneaker programs, and more. Since announcing JDRF as our corporate national cause in 2012, Schlotzsky's has provided more than $1.2 million in support and donations to JDRF.