5 Million Pounds of Food Donated Through National Employee Volunteer Project
America's Second Harvest
In conjunction with National Hunger Awareness Day, June 3, Federated announces its seventh annual Partners in Time "Bag Hunger" national food drive, benefiting many affiliates of America's Second Harvest, the largest domestic hunger-relief charity in the United States.
Through Federated's Partners in Time volunteer program, employees in more than 200 cities are organizing food collections for hungry children in an effort to "Bag Hunger." Since the project began in 1998, Federated volunteers have collected nearly 2,500 tons of food, or 5 million pounds, providing more than 4.5 million meals for hungry families nationwide.
Federated's employee efforts will provide a direct benefit to some of the 35 million Americans - including 13 million children - served by America's Second Harvest and other food networks. The problem of children's hunger is more acute during summer months when children don't have access to school-based meals. Instead, the America's Second Harvest network of pantries, soup kitchens and shelters see an increase in demand for services. Federated joins 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 families on June 3.
At Federated, divisional chief financial officers take on the additional role of "Chief Food Officers" for this effort, challenging their divisions to top 2003 collection totals by the highest percentage. As an added benefit, the Federated Department Stores Foundation will give $10,000 in the name of the winning divisions to local non-profit hunger-relief agencies. Including "Bag Hunger," Federated's volunteers contributed community service time valued at more than $1.8 million last year and the company's national charitable giving totaled nearly $15 million.
"Bag Hunger is just one of thousands of projects we develop each year as employee volunteers at Federated," said Karen Hoguet, Federated senior vice president and chief financial officer. "Our company has a long history of giving back to our communities, in both time and contributions. In addition to providing food to 'Bag Hunger,' our employees also will give time to hunger relief agencies, packing, sorting and distributing food, in keeping with the Partners in Time mission."
"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 Bob Forney, president and CEO of America's Second Harvest. "We are truly grateful to Federated for their commitment in the fight against child hunger, especially now when the need is so great."
National Hunger Awareness Day was first recognized in 2002 as a way to provide a platform for America's Second Harvest's 216 affiliated food banks and food-rescue organizations, and as many as 2000 local hunger-relief charities and agencies to publicize the work they do. Individuals, corporations, community groups, and organizations can learn more about how to get involved at the national and local level at www.hungerday.org.
Federated, with corporate offices in Cincinnati and New York, is one of the nation's leading department store retailers, with annual sales of more than $15.2 billion. Federated operates more than 450 stores in 34 states, Guam and Puerto Rico under the names of Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Bon-Macy's, Burdines-Macy's, Goldsmith's-Macy's, Lazarus-Macy's and Rich's-Macy's. The company also operates macys.com and Bloomingdale's By Mail.
For more information, or to contact America's Second Harvest, see their website at: www.secondharvest.org
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