News Article | February 27, 2017
WESTON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ultimate Software (Nasdaq: ULTI), a leading provider of human capital management (HCM) solutions in the cloud, announced today its scheduled participation in two investor conferences in March 2017. Mitchell Dauerman, Ultimate’s CFO, executive vice president, and treasurer, will present an overview of the company’s history and financial results at the following events: To schedule an appointment with Mr. Dauerman, or to obtain further details on Ultimate’s participation at other conferences, please call 954-331-7369. Ultimate is a leading provider of cloud-based human capital management (HCM) solutions, with approximately 33 million people records in the cloud. Ultimate’s award-winning UltiPro delivers HR, payroll, talent, and time and labor management solutions that connect people with the information they need to work more effectively. Founded in 1990, Ultimate is headquartered in Weston, Florida, and employs more than 3,700 professionals. In 2017, Fortune ranked Ultimate #1 on its list of the 10 Best Workplaces in Technology, Ultimate’s second year to top this list, and Brandon Hall Group honored Ultimate with a Gold Award in Technology. In 2016, Fortune ranked Ultimate #15 on its 100 Best Companies to Work For list, the fifth consecutive year to be ranked in the top 25. Ultimate was also ranked #1 on Glassdoor’s list of 25 Highest-Rated Public Cloud Computing Companies to Work For, #8 on Forbes’ list of the 100 Most Innovative Growth Companies, and ranked #1 in customer satisfaction in G2 Crowd’s Summer 2016 Core HR Software Grid report, based on user reviews. Ultimate has approximately 3,700 customers with employees in 160 countries, including Bloomin’ Brands, Culligan International, Feeding America, Major League Baseball, Red Roof Inn, SUBWAY, Texas Roadhouse, and Yamaha Corporation of America. More information on Ultimate’s products and services for people management can be found at www.ultimatesoftware.com.
News Article | February 15, 2017
Emily Brown, CEO and co-founder of the Food Equality Initiative, Inc. will speak at KC Healthy Kids’ Youth Summit on March 2, 2017. The Food Equality Initiative is a Kansas nonprofit founded in 2014 to help families with allergies get access to allergy-friendly food. Brown turned her family’s struggles with food allergies into a movement to provide access to safe and healthy food, particularly, for the low-income families with allergies. These are the families who have to choose between going hungry and eating safely. Brown and her organization bridge that gap, where financially challenged families living with allergies and celiac disease cannot not find food at the local food pantries. It seeks to help an estimated (estimate by the Initiative based on U.S. Census and research by Dr. Robert A. Wood of John Hopkins University) 10,000 individuals in Kansas City metro, mostly children, who suffer from harmful effects of not being able to afford allergy-friendly foods. Brown and Amy Goode established the nation’s first allergy-friendly food pantry ReNewed Health in Overland park, Kansas. In its first year, ReNewed Health pantry distributed more than 12,000 pounds of gluten-free and allergy-friendly foods to families in need. The organization opened its second pantry in Missouri in July, 2016. The nonprofit also is working with Harvesters, Kansas City’s local food bank, and Feeding America to find ways to help their clients. “Emily shares her family’s compelling journey passionately,” says Kimiko Black Gilmore, Assistant City Manager for the City of Kansas City, Missouri. “Her ability to connect with diverse groups and express the importance of food equity and how to achieve it has made a profound impact.” The Champions for Health Youth Summit is set for March 2, at the Kansas City Convention Center in KCMO. There, more than 200 kids will gather to where they’ll learn to speak out for healthier food in schools, walkable communities, urban farms and gardens and more! The public is invited to join the fun at 11:30 for lunch and the I am Here Awards. Winners of KC Healthy Kids’ I Am Here photo contest will receive checks for $1,000. Six classrooms will take the stage to tell us about their own communities and the changes they want to make there. One group will take home an additional $1,500 grand prize! March 2, 2017 Champions for Health KC Healthy Kids’ Youth Summit: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. I Am Here Awards luncheon: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Kansas City Convention Center 301 W 13th St, Kansas City, Mo 64105 About KC Healthy Kids KC Healthy Kids rallies the people in our communities to improve access to affordable fresh food and safe places to walk and play. When our neighborhoods support healthy habits, we are less likely to suffer from obesity, which is linked to Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and poor mental health. To make a lasting impact, we shape policies that improve our food system and physical surroundings and, ultimately, the places where we live, work, learn, and play. For more on KC Healthy Kids, please visit us at http://www.kchealthykids.org.
News Article | February 17, 2017
PEMBROKE PARK, Fla., Feb. 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, Smithfield Foods’ Helping Hungry Homes® initiative, a program focused on alleviating hunger and raising awareness of food insecurity across the country, joined forces with Publix Super Markets to donate more than 30,000 pounds of protein to Feeding South Florida. The donation, equivalent to more than 120,000 servings, will help alleviate hunger across South Florida where 25 percent of the state’s food-insecure population lives. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/e511338a-3a5e-4dea-a345-915ee04f9645 “Each year, we are able to set the table for more than 780,000 of our neighbors who struggle to make ends meet,” said Paco Vélez, president and chief executive officer for Feeding South Florida. “Our work could not be possible without the support of our community and companies like Smithfield. We are grateful for this large-scale protein donation, which will help bring much-needed meals to countless local families.” Smithfield and Publix representatives presented the donation to Feeding South Florida at the event this morning. During the event, members from all three organizations discussed the impact of food insecurity in the local community and the significance of this donation. In South Florida, one in seven adults face hunger, and one in five children go to bed hungry. “At Publix, we understand hunger affects millions of people nationwide,” said Maria Brous, director of media and community relations for Publix Super Markets. “We are proud to continue our partnership with Smithfield, a company that shares our passion to fight hunger and food insecurity in local communities.” Smithfield’s donation to Feeding South Florida was a part of Helping Hungry Homes® 2017 nationwide donation tour. Throughout the annual tour, Smithfield will provide large-scale protein donations to more than 50 food banks across the country. This donation adds to the more than 49 million servings of protein donated since the program’s inception. “At Smithfield, we are passionate about supporting our communities in need,” said Dennis Pittman, senior director of hunger relief for Smithfield Foods. “By providing donation to Feeding South Florida, thousands of our hungry neighbors will be able to provide their families with high-quality, nutritious protein.” Following today’s event, Helping Hungry Homes® will visit Orlando on Feb. 21 and Daytona Beach on Feb. 23. For more information about Helping Hungry Homes® and a list of upcoming donation events, visit helpinghungryhomes.com. About Smithfield Foods Smithfield Foods is a $14 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including SmithfieldⓇ, EckrichⓇ, Nathan's FamousⓇ, FarmlandⓇ, ArmourⓇ, John MorrellⓇ, Cook'sⓇ, KretschmarⓇ, GwaltneyⓇ, Curly'sⓇ, MargheritaⓇ, CarandoⓇ, Healthy OnesⓇ, KrakusⓇ, MorlinyⓇ and BerlinkiⓇ. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com. About Feeding South Florida Feeding South Florida’s mission is to end hunger in South Florida by providing immediate access to nutritious food, leading hunger and poverty advocacy efforts, and transforming lives through innovative programming and education. Feeding South Florida® is the sole Feeding America® food bank in South Florida, and the leading domestic hunger-relief organization in the region, serving 25 percent of the state’s food insecure population. Through a local network of more than 400 nonprofit partner agencies, Feeding South Florida rescues 44 million pounds of food annually, serving 784,110 individuals in need of food assistance, 264,280 of whom are children, and 130,000 are older adults, throughout Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. For more information, visit www.feedingsouthflorida.org or call 954.518.1818. About Publix Super Markets, Inc. Publix is privately owned and operated by its 189,500 employees, with 2015 sales of $32.4 billion. Currently Publix has 1,143 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. The company has been named one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in America” for 19 consecutive years. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized among the top in the grocery business. For more information, visit the company’s website, corporate.publix.com.
News Article | February 24, 2017
MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Big Machine Label Group, General Mills and Feeding America® have again joined together for the Outnumber Hunger Campaign, a nationwide effort aimed at fighting hunger in local communities across America. Thi...
News Article | February 17, 2017
DALLAS, Feb. 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The North Texas Food Bank unveiled its Stop Hunger Build Hope capital campaign at the site of its future 222,000-square Northern Distribution Center in Plano. The $55 million capital campaign, chaired by longtime NTFB supporters and Lifetime Board Member Pam and John Beckert, is funding the Food Bank's 10-year plan to close the current meal gap in North Texas by providing 92 million nutritious meals by 2025. The largest capital campaign for a social service organization in North Texas history, Stop Hunger Build Hope is the most ambitious yet for the Food Bank. "North Texas is in the midst of a hunger crisis," said Tom Black, Chairman of the North Texas Food Bank Board of Directors. "We know that more than 800,000 people here in North Texas are food insecure. This Campaign has the power to transform our region, feeding the line while shortening the line and ensuring that every hungry neighbor has the food that they need. We know that providing healthy food has the power to change lives and we will honor the work and vision of our late leader Jan Pruitt by carrying out her dream for a hunger-free North Texas." In September of 2015, the NTFB announced a framework for its 10-year plan to include: Community Engagement: A real estate solution to efficiently distribute more food and increase engagement with volunteers, supporters and the community, and an expansion of operations: Network Expansion: A network solution to get the right food to the right place at the right time by transforming the current food distribution system with a focus on: Client Visibility: A technology solution to better understand those we serve through a partnership with the Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation. Capital Campaign Progress: To date, the Stop Hunger Build Hope campaign has raised more than $40 million from generous North Texas companies, individuals, foundations, and organizations. The campaign kicked off with a lead gift of $10 million from the children of Ross and Margot Perot: Ross and Sarah Perot, Nancy Perot and Rod Jones, Suzanne and Patrick McGee, Carolyn and Karl Rathjen, and Katherine and Eric Reeves. Set on more than 13 acres near the intersection of President George Bush Turnpike and Coit Road, the NTFB's Northern Distribution Center will be named the Perot Family Campus in honor of the family's multi-generational commitment to hunger relief. "It is with great pleasure that our family collectively supports the Stop Hunger Build Hope capital campaign. Through this gift, we recognize and honor our grandmother Lula Mae Perot and our Aunt Bette Perot while encouraging subsequent generations of our family to make sure our neighbors are fed with love, hope, and compassion," said Katherine Perot Reeves, Capital Campaign Lead Donor and Committee Member, and NTFB Board Member. Foundation Support The Moody Foundation provided the largest foundation gift of $5 million, which was announced during Friday morning's event. "The Moody Foundation is committed to supporting causes that propel Texas forward with a focus on the community, education, and health. We are excited to be a part of the Stop Hunger Build Hope campaign because NTFB plays such a critical role in food security for so many of North Texas' vulnerable groups, most especially children. We know that the NTFB's success will mean a more prosperous North Texas," said Frances Moody-Dahlberg, Chairman and Executive Director of the Moody Foundation. Corporate Challenge Corporate donors are also making significant contributions toward the success of the campaign. Plano-based Alliance Data, a leading global provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions, has donated $2.5 million to the Stop Hunger Build Hope campaign and has issued a challenge to other area businesses to invest in the future of North Texas by supporting the North Texas Food Bank. "Supporting NTFB means championing North Texas as a whole," said Ed Heffernan, CEO of Alliance Data. "The issue of hunger is pervasive, and can be found even in affluent areas, such as Plano. We know hunger is an economic issue, with severe implications if left unaddressed. The time to act is now, and we are proud to support an organization that is fighting for the future of our neighbors and neighborhood." To learn more about the Stop Hunger Build Hope capital campaign, visit ntfb.org/stophunger. About the North Texas Food Bank: The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is a top-ranked nonprofit hunger-relief organization with its primary distribution center in Southwest Dallas, and administrative headquarters located in the Dallas Farmers Market. Each day, NTFB provides access to more than 190,000 meals for hungry children, seniors, and families through a network of more than 1,000 programs and more than 200 Partner Agencies. In fiscal year 2016, NTFB provided access to some 70 million nutritious meals. While the NTFB is making steady progress toward closing the hunger gap, much work remains to be done to reach the organization's 10-year goal of providing 92 million nutritious meals annually by 2025. NTFB is a member of Feeding America, a national hunger relief organization.
News Article | February 15, 2017
Today, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and Tyson Foods joined forces to donate 33,000 pounds of protein to the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C. The donation kicked off the LULAC Legislative Conference and Awards Gala and the Emerge Latino Conference taking place this week in Washington. Thanks to a longstanding partnership, LULAC and Tyson Foods have donated more than 1 million pounds of protein to food banks across the country and Puerto Rico since 2009. “LULAC is honored to continue our partnership with Tyson Foods and bring important resources to our nation’s capital,” said LULAC National President Roger C. Rocha, Jr. “As we host the Legislative Conference this week in Washington to advocate for the policies important to our community, such as hunger disparities, it’s important that we each play our part to alleviate hunger in our community.” As the oldest and largest Latino civil rights organization in the country, LULAC is committed to alleviating hunger disparities among the Latino community. The Capital Area Food Bank serves over 540,000 people each year in the Washington, D.C. metro area which accounts for approximately 12 percent of the population. Nearly 40% of those served by the food bank are Latino. Among all protein processors, Tyson Foods is the largest donor of meat and poultry to Feeding America and its network of food banks. Tyson Foods has been an active participant in the fight against hunger since 2000, donating more than 100 million pounds of protein. In 2015, Tyson Foods pledged $50 million in cash or in-kind donations by 2020 to fight hunger, with a special focus on innovative initiatives at the local level. In 2016, the company donated $12.5 million for hunger relief. “We’re proud to try to do our part to help great partners like the Capital Area Food Bank, which works on the front lines every day to end hunger,” said Nora Venegas. director of federal government relations for Tyson Foods. “Too many in our community are food insecure, and although the problem is complex, the answer starts with getting involved. It’s our privilege to help.” Over 75 college students attending LULAC’s Emerge Latino Conference participated in a community service event at the food bank to help alleviate hunger in the region. “Access to good food is the key to good health”, said Nancy E. Roman, President and CEO of the food bank. “A protein donation like this one helps us provide food to families that’s so critical in building strong bodies and minds”. The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit http://www.lulac.org. About Tyson Foods Tyson Foods, Inc., with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world’s largest food companies with leading brands such as Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Sara Lee®, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells® and State Fair®. It’s a recognized market leader in chicken, beef and pork as well as prepared foods, including bacon, breakfast sausage, turkey, lunchmeat, hot dogs, pizza crusts and toppings, tortillas and desserts. The company supplies retail and foodservice customers throughout the United States and approximately 115 countries. Tyson Foods was founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson, whose family has continued to lead the business with his son, Don Tyson, guiding the company for many years and grandson, John H. Tyson, serving as the current chairman of the board of directors. The company currently has approximately 114,000 Team Members employed at more than 400 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world. Through its Core Values, Code of Conduct and Team Member Bill of Rights, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity and trust and is committed to creating value for its shareholders, customers and Team Members. The company also strives to be faith-friendly, provide a safe work environment and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it. The Capital Area Food Bank is the largest organization in the Washington metro area working to solve hunger and its companion problems: chronic undernutrition, heart disease and obesity. By partnering with nearly 450 community organizations in DC, Maryland and Virginia, as well as delivering food directly in hard to reach areas, the CAFB is helping 540,000 people each year get access to good, healthy food. That’s 12 percent of our region’s mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, and grandparents. Visit: capitalareafoodbank.org, or find the CAFB at facebook.com/CapitalAreaFoodBank, and Twitter at @foodbankmetrodc.
News Article | February 14, 2017
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, Smithfield Foods’ Helping Hungry Homes® initiative, a program focused on alleviating hunger and raising awareness of food insecurity across the country, joined forces with Winn-Dixie to donate 30,000 pounds of protein to Feeding Northeast Florida. The donation, equivalent to more than 120,000 servings, will help feed the one in six Northeast Florida residents who struggle with hunger each day. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/b98bf94d-5029-4239-9b09-a174aa3adfcf “Smithfield’s donation is valuable to our operations and those we serve because protein is a limited resource for many food banks,” said Luke Layow, president & chief executive officer for Feeding Northeast Florida. “Today’s donation allows us to provide proper nutritional support to thousands of people in our area.” Smithfield and Winn-Dixie representatives presented the donation to Feeding Northeast Florida at the event this morning. During the event, members from all three organizations discussed the impact of food insecurity in the local community. In Northeast Florida, more than 280,000 people face hunger, and one in four of those are children. “At Winn-Dixie, we are committed to supporting the communities we call home,” said Shawn Sloan, regional vice president for Winn-Dixie. “Today, by partnering with Smithfield, we have taken another step toward improving the lives of those in our Jacksonville community and encourage area residents to join our fight against hunger.” The donation to Feeding Northeast Florida is a part of the 2017 Helping Hungry Homes® nationwide hunger-relief tour. Throughout the annual tour, Smithfield will partner with local retailers across the country to provide food banks with large-scale protein donations. “We are proud to partner with Winn-Dixie—a company that shares our passion to address and raise awareness of hunger in our country,” said Dennis Pittman, senior director of hunger relief for Smithfield Foods. “Today, we provided enough protein to place one serving on more than 120,000 dinner plates, which will make a significant impact on the Jacksonville community throughout the coming weeks.” Following today’s event, Helping Hungry Homes® will make its way to Miami on Feb. 17 before heading to Orlando on Feb. 21 and Daytona Beach, Florida on Feb. 23. Helping Hungry Homes®, now in its ninth year, will help fight hunger this year through more than 50 large-scale protein donations to food banks across the United States. To date, Helping Hungry Homes® has provided more than 49 million servings of protein to food banks across America. For more information about Helping Hungry Homes® and a list of upcoming donation events, visit helpinghungryhomes.com. About Smithfield Foods Smithfield Foods is a $14 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including SmithfieldⓇ, EckrichⓇ, Nathan's FamousⓇ, FarmlandⓇ, ArmourⓇ, John MorrellⓇ, Cook'sⓇ, KretschmarⓇ, GwaltneyⓇ, Curly'sⓇ, MargheritaⓇ, CarandoⓇ, Healthy OnesⓇ, KrakusⓇ, MorlinyⓇ and BerlinkiⓇ. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com. About Feeding Northeast Florida Feeding Northeast Florida (FNEFL) is our community’s newest effort to establish food security across 8 counties in Northeast Florida. Formed through a collaborative partnership between Feeding America and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, our regional food distribution center brings a new vision for hunger relief in our area. With an estimated 281,000 in our region relying on area food pantries and charitable organizations for food assistance each year, a number that has not changed much since the recession of 2008, our mission is even more important today. To learn more about Feeding Northeast Florida, please visit http://www.feedingnefl.org. About Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. is a subsidiary of Southeastern Grocers, which is the second-largest supermarket chain in the Southeast based on store count. Founded in 1925, Winn-Dixie employs more than 38,000 associates who serve customers in approximately 500 grocery stores, 145 liquor stores and 280 in-store pharmacies throughout the five southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi. For more information, please visit www.winndixie.com and www.segrocers.com.
News Article | February 24, 2017
What: Feeding America, the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States, will visit the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square. As part of his 2016 Million More Meals Challenge, Tony Robbins has helped provide 101.6 million meals to support Feeding America, for more information: feedingamerica.org/tonyrobbins In honor of the occasion, Tony Robbins, Best-selling Author, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, will ring the Opening Bell. When: Monday, February 27, 2017 – 9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. ET Social Media: For multimedia features such as exclusive content, photo postings, status updates and video of bell ceremonies, please visit our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/NASDAQ. For photos from ceremonies and events, please visit our Instagram page: http://instagram.com/nasdaq For livestream of ceremonies and events, please visit our YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/nasdaq/live For news tweets, please visit our Twitter page: http://twitter.com/nasdaq For exciting viral content and ceremony photos, please visit our Tumblr page: http://nasdaq.tumblr.com/ Webcast: A live stream of the Nasdaq Opening Bell will be available at: https://new.livestream.com/nasdaq/live or http://www.nasdaq.com/about/marketsitetowervideo.asx Photos: To obtain a hi-resolution photograph of the Market Open, please go to http://business.nasdaq.com/discover/market-bell-ceremonies and click on the market open of your choice. About Feeding America Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. About Tony Robbins Tony Robbins is an entrepreneur, #1 New York Times best-selling author, philanthropist and the nation’s #1 Life and Business Strategist. A recognized authority on the psychology of leadership, negotiations and organizational turnaround, he has served as an advisor to leaders around the world for more than four decades. Author of five internationally bestselling books, including the recent New York Times #1 best-seller MONEY: MASTER THE GAME and the soon to be released UNSHAKEABLE: YOUR FINANCIAL FREEDOM PLAYBOOK, Mr. Robbins has empowered more than 50 million people from 100 countries through his audio, video and life training programs. He created the #1 personal and professional development program of all time, and more than 4 million people have attended his live seminars. Visit www.tonyrobbins.com, find Tony on Facebook or follow him on Twitter. About Nasdaq Nasdaq (Nasdaq:NDAQ) is a leading provider of trading, clearing, exchange technology, listing, information and public company services across six continents. Through its diverse portfolio of solutions, Nasdaq enables clients to plan, optimize and execute their business vision with confidence, using proven technologies that provide transparency and insight for navigating today's global capital markets. As the creator of the world's first electronic stock market, its technology powers more than 85 marketplaces in 50 countries, and 1 in 10 of the world's securities transactions. Nasdaq is home to approximately 3,800 listed companies with a market value of $10.1 trillion and nearly 18,000 corporate clients. To learn more, visit: business.nasdaq.com.
News Article | February 28, 2017
BENTONVILLE, Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, Sam’s Club launches the “Meals from Members” campaign to support Feeding America®, the largest hunger-relief and food rescue organization in the United States. The nationwide campaign will help fight hunger by securing up to 2.5 million meals on behalf of local Feeding America member food banks. The United States Department of Agriculture reports that 42 million people in the United States are food insecure, including more than 13 million children. With Feeding America, Sam’s Club will work to help families and individuals facing hunger gain access to a balanced meal and the food they need. One in seven people in communities across America receive help through the Feeding America network of 200 food banks each year. Through “Meals from Members,” Sam’s Club members can help secure 12 meals for their local Feeding America network food bank every time they purchase a select product from the participating suppliers and redeem their purchases online at www.SamsClub.com/GiveMeals. Sam’s Club members can also participate by sending a text message with their zip code to have 12 meals routed to their local food bank. Four major supplier partners have joined the campaign – General Mills, Nissin, Nature Nate’s Natural and Prego – providing members with 14 different products to purchase to help generate a donation. “ This campaign builds upon the long-standing commitment of our club members in support of causes that strengthen their local communities,” said Rob Burns, vice president of Sam’s Club dry grocery. “ We’re proud to work alongside Feeding America, an organization that sets the standard in our country when it comes to tackling the issues of hunger in the United States. Together, we can make the strongest possible impact in the lives of the millions of adults and children who deal with the issue of food insecurity in the communities where we operate our clubs.” Sam’s Club members will be able to purchase from a list of participating items including, but not limited to, Cheerios, Nature Valley, Prego, Cup O-Noodles, and Nature Nates Honey. From February 28 to March 31, there are two easy ways for members to give back to a local Feeding America food bank: 1) Purchase: Purchase qualifying item(s) from participating suppliers at Sam’s Club and go online to www.SamsClub.com/GiveMeals to redeem their purchases and route the meals to their local food bank by zip code. 2) Text: Text ‘Meals’ to 35350 and enter their zip code to have a donation sent to their local food bank. Participants can text a donation from their phone number one time. * “ There are families in every community across the country that are challenged consistently to provide balanced meals for their household,” said Diana Aviv, CEO at Feeding America. “ With millions of families in the U.S. facing hunger, this is a critical time for our network to collaborate with other advocates for hunger relief to help provide support for people in need. Support from programs like “Meals from Members” brings much-needed awareness and an opportunity for anyone to join the fight to end hunger in America.” For more information and to get involved now, please visit www.SamsClub.com/GiveMeals. *The purchase of 1 participating item secures a total of 12 meals. One text message triggers a donation to Feeding America from General Mills – enough to help secure 12 meals on behalf of local foodbanks. One dollar and eight cents helps provide 12 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks. Sam’s Club®, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), is a leading membership warehouse club offering superior products, savings and services to millions of members in 659 clubs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. To learn more about Sam’s Club, visit the Sam’s Club Newsroom, shop at SamsClub.com, and interact with Sam’s Club on Twitter and Facebook. Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
News Article | February 23, 2017
When Toppers Pizza was founded nearly 30 years ago, it was built on a foundation of two basic values: A strong love of pizza and a strong love of people. In 2011, the rapidly growing better pizza franchise took those principles to heart, announcing a partnership with Feeding America®, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charity. Now, the brand is taking it a step further and unveiling a system-wide, one-day Hunger-Relief Event with an impact that’s twofold—you can enjoy your pizza, and help people in need. On February 27, 2017, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., all Toppers locations will sell medium, one-topping pizzas for carry-out only for $4.99. And for each medium, one-topping pizza sold, the chain will donate $2 to Feeding America. “Over 42 million people in the United States face hunger, including 13 million children. Through this partnership, the Feeding America network of food banks can provide more food and groceries to people struggling in the United States. With more than 70 locations spanning 12 states, we have the potential to feed hundreds of families in need,” said Toppers Founder and CEO Scott Gittrich. “This is the first time we’re doing a one-day event like this that’s hyper-focused on the individual efforts of our local stores, and we believe this is a simple way to make a great impact on the lives of families throughout the country.” Over the past five years, Toppers has collectively raised a total of $250,000 for Feeding America—the equivalent of more than 2 million meals*. Hunger in America is a problem that affects every community in the U.S. And one that Gittrich personally contributes to alongside the Toppers partnership. Currently, one in eight people face food insecurity each year, meaning 42 million Americans may not know where they’ll find their next meal. As the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization, Feeding America provides food to more than 46 million people each year, with the help of their vast network and the philanthropic efforts of partners like Toppers. Toppers franchisees have made the Feeding America network a focal point at their individual locations, from developing Topperstix eating contests and creating special menu promotions to volunteering their own personal time. As Toppers Pizza continues to expand nationwide, Gittrich believes that the company’s relationship with Feeding America will continue to grow, allowing the brand to aid an even greater number of families affected by hunger in the years to come. “Through our partnership with Feeding America, we’ve been able to connect with the community and make a true difference for a cause that we feel passionately about,” Gittrich said. “Toppers has always upheld a core value of giving back to the communities in which we live and work, and it’s been an honor to work as a team to help others.” ABOUT TOPPERS PIZZA Capitalizing on the booming better pizza category and fueled by the passion of Founder & President Scott Gittrich and a team of experienced industry veterans, Toppers Pizza has formulated the perfect recipe to appeal to both pizza enthusiasts and savvy investors. Headquartered in Wisconsin, Toppers is one of the fastest growing better-pizza chains in the United States. The brand has doubled in size over the last three years and completely sold out three states based on growth spurred by both existing franchisees and established multi-unit operators. Now with restaurants in 12 states and with territories immediately available across the country, Toppers plans to reach 700 stores in the U.S. within 10 years. Toppers is committed to quality and consistency throughout the system, and plans to maintain corporate ownership of 25 percent of all locations while the brand expands to continuously improve on best practices and product development. Toppers fanatics love the brand’s fresh, handmade and customizable pizza baked in about 6 minutes and delivered extremely fast, with more than a million combinations of fresh, high quality toppings, and the brand’s signature line of flavored Topperstix and baked Buffalo wings. In 2014, Entrepreneur Magazine ranked Toppers as one of the top 500 franchises in the U.S and QSR Magazine listed the company as one of the year’s Best Franchise Deals. For more information on how to join the rapidly growing Toppers family and for a sneak peek into the Toppers experience, visit http://www.toppersfranchise.com/. About Feeding America® Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit http://www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. *Every $1 donated to Feeding America helps secure up to 11 meals on behalf of local member food banks. Toppers Pizza guarantees a minimum of $50,000 to Feeding America and member food banks, November 01, 2016 through April 30, 2017.