Del Monte Foods Partners with America's Second Harvest to Fight Child Hunger in Recognition of National Hunger Day
America's Second Harvest
Infant Feeding Donation to Benefit More Than 14,500 Charities
Del Monte Foods joins forces with America's Second Harvest, the largest domestic hunger-relief charity in the United States, in recognition of National Hunger Awareness Day on June 3, 2004. In response to this year's theme -- that everyone deserves a place at the table -- Del Monte Foods donated enough Nature's Goodness baby food to benefit more than 36 food banks in 22 states to support their fight against child hunger and the strain hunger puts on millions of families in America.
"Hunger and lack of proper nutrition are serious issues, especially for families with young children," said Richard G. Wolford, Del Monte chairman and CEO. "Through our support of America's Second Harvest on National Hunger Awareness Day and throughout the year -- we are proud and committed to helping enrich the lives of children across the country by providing nourishing foods -- allowing them to grow and be strong and healthy."
Today, hunger and lack of proper nutrition are growing threats among working and unemployed families across the nation. During the summer months, the problem is more acute when children don't have access to school-based meals. As a result, America's Second Harvest, its network of pantries, soup kitchens and shelters see an increase in demand for its services. Del Monte Foods, a company committed to enriching the lives of today's families by providing nourishing and great-tasting products, will join with thousands of hunger-relief agencies, public interest groups, government leaders and corporate and individual donors to focus the nation's attention on the problems facing these hungry children and their families.
Bob Forney, president and CEO of America's Second Harvest commended Del Monte Foods and a number of other national corporate and coalition partners for their efforts to help raise awareness of hunger among our neighbors. "No child should be hungry; and no parent should have to face the problem of how to feed his or her child. Yet, when summer vacation arrives, we have an increased demand for food in hunger-relief agencies across America," said Forney. "We are truly grateful to Del Monte Foods for its commitment in the fight against child hunger, especially now when the need is so great."
Created in 2002, National Hunger Awareness Day raises awareness of the burden hunger puts on millions of American families. This year, in addition to the efforts by partners such as Del Monte Foods, more than 200 food banks and food rescue organizations and their agencies will host public events. These events will spotlight the vast network of hunger-relief agencies that make up America's Second Harvest: more than 200 affiliated food banks and food rescue organizations, 50,000 agencies and more than 70,000 food service programs. Del Monte's donation will impact almost 30% of the charities or agencies partnered with the America's Second Harvest national network.
Del Monte Foods is one of the country's largest and most well known producers, distributors and marketers of premium quality, branded and private label food and pet products for the U.S. retail market, generating over $3 billion in pro forma net sales in fiscal 2003. With a powerful portfolio of brands including Del Monte®, Contadina®, StarKist®, S&W®, Nature's Goodness™, College Inn®, 9Lives®, Kibbles 'n Bits®, Pup-Peroni®, Snausages®, and NawSomes!®, Del Monte products are found in 9 out of 10 American households. For more information on Del Monte Foods Company (NYSE: DLM), visit the Company's website at www.delmonte.com.
For more information, or to contact America's Second Harvest, see their website at: www.secondharvest.org
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