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LARGEST NATIONWIDE BENEFIT FOR HUNGER RELIEF GEARING UP IN 100 CITIES

LARGEST NATIONWIDE BENEFIT FOR HUNGER RELIEF GEARING UP IN 100 CITIES
 WASHINGTON, March 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Four thousand top chefs in 100 cities across the U.S. and Canada are preparing food for 50,000 people, when American Express presents Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation, the largest nationwide benefit for hunger relief. Tickets range in price from $25 to $150, and 100 percent of proceeds -- expected to be about $2.75 million -- will go toward feeding the hungry.
 This fifth annual series of food and wine tastings and dinners, most of which will occur during the week of March 29 through April 5, is organized by Share Our Strength (SOS), one of the nation's largest private, nonprofit sources of funds for hunger relief. Standing to benefit are more than 190 hunger relief and community development organizations, such as food banks, perishable food programs, soup kitchens and job training programs. Seventy percent of the monies raised will go to local groups; 10 percent will be donated to slate need areas, and the remaining 20 percent will be pooled nationally for international distribution.
 "Last year alone, the demand for emergency food relief increased by an average of 26 percent in 28 major cities," said William Shore, founder and executive director of Share Our Strength. "And recent economic difficulties have diminished the resources of agencies working to meet this demand."
 By contributing their time, expertise, foods, supplies and services, local chefs, restaurateurs and local sponsors are helping to make sure that others will not go hungry. As the national event sponsor, American Express supports organizing efforts at the national level, which enables SOS to strengthen its network, expand its programs into more cities, and fund more hunger relief organizations.
 Share Our Strength is a nationwide network of food industry and other creative professionals using their skills and resources to raise funds and awareness for hunger relief. Since its founding in 1984, SOS has granted more than $4 million to over 200 domestic and international hunger relief agencies.
 To find out more about SOS and its programs, call SOS national headquarters at 202-393-2925.
 For tickets and information on events nationwide, call 800-220-4767.
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 /CONTACT: Jodi Fisher or Barbara Mitnick of M. Silver Associates, 212-704-2020, for American Express/ CO: American Express; Share Our Strength ST: District of Columbia IN: SU:


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