Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Macy’s Gives 1 Million Meals During Thanksgiving

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Macy’s (NYSE:M) is giving the ultimate gift this Thanksgiving season – one million meals to those at risk of hunger – in partnership with Feeding America, the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the United States. In addition, Macy’s Culinary Council chefs will add stops along their 12-city fall tour to join Macy’s Partners in Time employee volunteers in preparing menu items, serving food for hunger-relief charities and providing recipes.

“Macy’s Million Meals project is a special way Macy’s is able to benefit the communities we serve during our 150th birthday year,” said Tim Adams, chairman and CEO, Macy’s Home Store. “This is an opportunity to link Macy’s Culinary Council chefs with Macy’s Partners in Time volunteers and the result brings new attention and new support for the important cause of hunger in America.”

* Atlanta, Nov. 14: Chef Tyler Florence will join Macy’s associates to cap off a six-day volunteer effort benefiting the Open Hand food delivery charity. He also will make a North Point Mall store appearance Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m.
* San Francisco, Nov. 26: Chef Andrea Robinson and Macy’s volunteers will prepare and serve meals in partnership with Glide Memorial Church and the San Francisco Food Bank. Macy’s volunteers also will distribute thousands of meals on Nov. 21 with the Food Bank at neighborhood pantries and on Thanksgiving Day.
* Miami, Nov. 26: Drawing on Chef Tyler Florence’s recipe for The Ultimate Mac-n-Cheese, Macy’s volunteers will serve meals for Community Partnership for Homeless. Hundreds of employees annually take part in shopping, cooking, delivering and serving a hot meal for 400 people in downtown Miami.

In addition to these events, Macy’s Culinary Council Chef Dave Lieberman worked with Macy’s volunteers in Philadelphia on Nov. 1. About 400 meals were prepared and Chef Lieberman helped to deliver them to St. John’s Hospice with Greater Philadelphia Cares, in conjunction with his appearance for the grand opening of Macy’s Center City Home Store.

The Face of Culinary at Macy's

Macy’s has a number of culinary initiatives that impact the way customers shop, cook and eat at home including the Macy’s Culinary Council, a national culinary authority comprised of 16 of the nation’s top chefs. Macy’s Culinary Council fall tour, Oct. 22 – Nov. 13, visits 12 cities where chefs demonstrate their favorite recipes and offer special cooking tips and techniques. Customers can access the Macy’s Culinary Council online by visiting www.macys.com/culinarycouncil for the latest recipes, tips and events. Macy’s Culinary Council includes culinary masters Govind Armstrong, Rick Bayless, Elizabeth Brown, Cat Cora, Tom Douglas, Todd English, Tyler Florence, Gale Gand, Dave Lieberman, Wolfgang Puck, Andrea Robinson, Marcus Samuelsson, Nancy Silverton, Tim Scott, Ming Tsai and Takashi Yagihashi. These chefs serve as the face of Macy’s Culinary and Housewares divisions.

Macy’s Community Impact

Macy’s 2008 “Million Meals” grant will fund Feeding America to provide at least 1 million meals, through its nationwide network of member food banks. Learn more at www.macys.com/thanksgivingmeals. Macy’s has had a long history of support for the hunger cause. Beginning in 1998, Macy’s volunteers made a pledge to “Bag Hunger,” collecting food and donations totaling 40.3 million pounds, providing 62 million meals, to local charities nationwide – many in the Feeding America network.

“We are deeply grateful to Macy's for their continued commitment to fight hunger,” said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America. “To our knowledge they implement the largest employee food drive in the United States and with this new initiative we’ll be able to provide one million meals through our network to those at risk of hunger nationwide.”

In its 150-year history, Macy’s has had very close ties to the cities it calls home. Collectively, contributions from Macy’s, Inc. and the Macy’s Foundation, as well as employee contributions through workplace giving campaigns and customer contributions through our signature giving programs – totaled more than $78.4 million last year. Macy’s Partners in Time employee volunteers gave more than 1.5 million hours of service – valued at $25 million – to charities around the country since the program was founded in 1989.

About Feeding America:

Feeding America (formerly America’s Second Harvest) provides individuals and families facing hunger with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charity, their network members supply food to more than 25 million Americans each year, including 9 million children and 3 million seniors. Feeding America serves the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks, which operate 63,000 agencies that address hunger through emergency food assistance and programs. To find out where Feeding America helps near you and how you can help: visit www.feedingamerica.org

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