At a young age, Puja would spend her time working in the family owned restaurants alongside her father, Sunil Dharod. During this time Puja witnessed unfortunate events that not only affected team members of the restaurants, but their families as well. These events ranged from medical issues to home fires and, occasionally, the unexpected death of a team member or an immediate family member. Her father always instilled in her the importance of taking care of those in the company. These experiences motivated Puja to establish the PUJA FOUNDATION which provides financial support when team members find themselves in a financial crisis brought on by a catastrophic life event.

Today, the Puja Foundation serves team members of Roy’s Restaurants, Apple Texas Restaurant Group (Applebee’s) and Let’s Shake LLC (Sonic Drive-In). The foundation has been incredibly grateful to have helped over 356 families since 2011.