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REPEAT/Philip Morris's hunger philanthropy tops $100 million; Contributions Benefit Families, Senior Citizens, People With AIDS Native Americans, and Others This Thanksgiving and Year-Round.



NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--November 17, 1995--Philip Morris Companies Inc. tonight announced that its total contributions to fight hunger in America have exceeded $100 million since 1990.

The announcement was made during a national telethon tel·e·thon  
n.
A lengthy television program to raise funds for a charity.



[tele- + (mara)thon.
 to raise money to feed the hungry at Thanksgiving and throughout the year.

According to Steven C. Parrish, senior vice president, Corporate Affairs, the contributions from the Philip Morris family of companies include more than $25 million in direct grants to hunger and nutrition programs and more than $75 million in contributions of packaged foods to Second Harvest, the nation's largest hunger relief organization.

At the telethon hosted by the Television Food Network, Parrish presented a new $50,000 contribution to Citymeals-on-Wheels of New York City New York City: see New York, city.
New York City

City (pop., 2000: 8,008,278), southeastern New York, at the mouth of the Hudson River. The largest city in the U.S.
. He noted that the donation was inspired by a visit to that organization earlier this year by Geoffrey C. Bible, chairman and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board.  of Philip Morris Companies Inc.

"With other volunteers from Philip Morris, Bible helped prepare and deliver meals to homebound home·bound
adj.
Restricted or confined to home, as of an invalid.
 elderly served by Citymeals-on-Wheels," Parrish explained. "In the course of the day, Bible discovered that more than 1,200 other seniors, unable to shop or cook for themselves, had been on a waiting list for over a year to receive emergency food supplies. The $50,000 contribution we are making tonight will help ensure that those vulnerable senior citizens will receive much needed non-perishable supplies such as cereal and coffee."

As North America's largest retail packaged food company, the Philip Morris family of companies has been addressing the plight of the hungry and malnourished mal·nour·ished
adj.
Affected by improper nutrition or an insufficient diet.
 since 1990. Through its hunger and nutrition focused giving program, the company supports groundbreaking research in hunger, as well as efforts that provide direct services to individuals in need. Its national Helping the Helpers initiative supports a wide range of organizations that combat hunger, address the food security needs of seniors, people living with AIDS and Native Americans, and help people become more self-sufficient by providing services such as housing assistance, job training, and counseling. Through Kraft Food's Food for Thought initiative, the company supports programs that address childhood hunger and the link between good nutrition and the ability to learn.

At this holiday season and throughout the year, Philip Morris's support for other hunger and nutrition initiatives is:

o Helping homebound senior citizens in Chicago "shop at home" via a computerized shopping assistance service linked to local grocery stores. This innovative program is funded by Philip Morris' Senior Helpings campaign, in partnership with the National Meals on Wheels n. 1. A program that delivers hot meals to persons, such as the elderly or disabled, who are confined to their homes and unable to cook for themselves; also, the meals thus delivered. Such programs are usually conducted by governmental or charitable organizations.  Foundation.

o Seeking new ways to treat malnutrition and wasting among people with AIDS The People With AIDS (PWA) Self-Empowerment Movement was a movement of those diagnosed with AIDS and grew out of San Francisco. The PWA Self-Empowerment Movement believes that those diagnosed as having AIDS should "take charge of their own life, illness, and care, and to minimize . This national research initiative is being undertaken by the American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFAR) with the support of a $150,000 grant from Philip Morris.

o Providing fresh fruits and vegetables to needy New Yorkers through the Food for Survival Food Bank as part of a Helping the Helpers grant.

o Reintroducing traditional Native American foods, such as hominy hominy [Algonquian], hulled corn with the germ removed and served either ground or whole. The pioneers in North America prepared it by soaking the kernels in weak wood lye until the hulls floated to the top. Hominy is boiled until tender and served as a vegetable.  corn, maple syrup and wild rice to tribal members' diets at a reservation in White Earth, Minnesota White Earth is a census-designated place (CDP) in Becker County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 424 at the 2000 census. Geography
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 8.1 km² (3.1 mi²). 6.7 km² (2.
. This program is supported by a $300,000 Philip Morris grant to the Eagle Staff Fund of First Nations Development Institute of Fredericksburg, Virginia.

o Enabling Milwaukee's Hunger Task Force to provide emergency food services to individuals and families throughout southeastern Wisconsin, as part of "Fighting Hunger in Wisconsin," a $100,000 initiative of Philip Morris Companies Inc.

o Allowing people who receive Food Stamps to use them as payment at One City Cafe where the poor and homeless sit down to healthy meals in an attractive restaurant with fellow New Yorkers. Philip Morris is a corporate supporter of One City Cafe.

o Supporting the efforts of the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC FRAC Food Research and Action Center
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FRAC Foreseeable Risk Analysis Center
FRAC Frame Aligner Circuit
FRAC Fleet Replacement Aircrewman
FRAC Francophone Regional Advisory Committee
) of Washington D.C., in its Campaign to End Childhood Hunger. Since 1990 Kraft Foods has been the major corporate supporter of this campaign.

Philip Morris Companies Inc. has five principal operating companies: Kraft Foods, Inc.; Miller Brewing Company Miller Brewing Company is the second largest American beermaker and is based in Milwaukee. It is owned by SABMiller. Miller owns breweries in Albany, Georgia; Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin; Eden, North Carolina; Fort Worth, Texas; Irwindale, California; Milwaukee, Wisconsin and ; Philip Morris U.S.A.; Philip Morris International Philip Morris International, (PMI) based in Lausanne, Switzerland, held a 15.5% share of the international cigarette market in 2005. Its brands, led by Marlboro and L&M, are sold in over 160 countries around the world.  Inc.; and Philip Morris Capital Corporation.

CONTACT: Philip Morris Companies Inc.

K. Richmond Temple, 212/878-2755

or

M Booth & Associates

Jane Cabot/Ken Ulmer, 212/481-7000
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