by Stephen Garner

In response to the current crisis in America, Banana Republic said it “Will Work for a Better Republic” by donating more than $20 million of new clothing to those in need, including millions of unemployed Americans who need support getting back to work and getting back on their feet.

In partnership with Delivering Good – a nonprofit organization that unites retailers, manufacturers, foundations and individuals to support Americans affected by poverty and tragedy – Banana Republic will donate clothing to a variety of partner organizations in states that have been most impacted, including Hour Working Women Program in New York, Central City Neighborhood Partners in Los Angeles, Family Focus Englewood in Chicago, among others. This donation will help people as they build a brighter future.

“During this unique moment in history, it’s more necessary than ever to work together to support one another, especially those in need,” said Mark Breitbard, head of Banana Republic and Gap Inc. specialty brands. “As America faces historic unemployment rates, ‘Banana Republic Will Work for a Better Republic,’ helping Americans get back to work by providing confidence through clothing they can wear for interviews and in different work environments, including working from home.”

“By supporting Delivering Good, Banana Republic is helping men and women across the US, including those facing poverty, homelessness, and job loss,” added Lisa Gurwitch, president and CEO of Delivering Good. “Among our network of more than 700 community partners, we will focus this donation on nonprofits with workforce training and re-entry programs and markets that have been especially affected by the current crises. This donation will have such a positive impact on men, women, and disadvantaged young adults.”

This donation is the latest in Banana Republic’s ongoing efforts to support its communities and be the change, together. Banana Republic, along with Gap Inc. brands Athleta, Gap, and Old Navy, have come together to donate $250,000 to support the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and EmbraceRace to fight for equal rights.

The Gap Foundation also previously announced a $1 million donation to local, state, national, and international non-profit organizations to support underserved families during the Coronavirus crisis.