was established to provide financial assistance to the employees of Apple Texas Restaurants, Inc. Puja Dharod was compelled to start a foundation which provides financial support when associates find themselves in a financial crisis brought on by a catastrophic life event.

During summer vacations from school, Puja would spend her time working with her father, Sunil Dharod. While working, Puja witnessed many unfortunate events ranging from medical issues to home fires and, occasionally, the unexpected death of an employee or an immediate family member.

These experiences motivated Puja to establish the PUJA FOUNDATION to help your fellow co-workers in their time of need.

Regular, active part-time and full-time associates who are experiencing a financial crisis, resulting from a catastrophic event or life-threatening ill or injury are eligible to apply.

The events listed below may be eligible to receive a grant from the Puja Foundation:

  • Catastrophic illness
  • Severe injury
  • Death of immediate family member
  • Theft or property loss
  • Assault/abuse
  • Loss of residence
  • Fire
  • Mass Flood
  • Tornado
  • Earthquake
  • Severe Storm

The financial crisis must involve an associate or an immediate family member.

If you would like to help your fellow associates, follow these simple steps:

  • Ask your manager for an Automatic Payroll Deduction form.
  • Complete the form including the dollar amount that you would like to contribute each pay period.
  • Return the form to your manager.

Your tax deductible contributions will be deducted from your paycheck each pay period.

Give as little or as much as you can afford. Your contributions
will make a huge difference for someone just like you.