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NESTLE QUALITY EDUCATION PROGRAM BENEFITS LOS ANGELES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

 NESTLE QUALITY EDUCATION PROGRAM
 BENEFITS LOS ANGELES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
 LOS ANGELES, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Nestle donated $5,000 to the 42nd Street Elementary School this morning during a formal presentation. The donation was made possible through the newly announced Nestle Quality Education Program, which has enabled the company to contribute $1.5 million to public education nationwide.
 "For years, Nestle has been committed to improving the quality of public education," said Cam Starrett, executive vice president, Nestle USA Inc. "We have tried to ensure that our efforts add value to public education by providing books, films, scholarships and sponsorships for educational opportunity.
 "Today, in order to give young people the kind of education they need to compete, we needed to do more. Thus, we have established the Nestle Quality Education Program," said Starrett.
 In an encouraging call for support, former congresswoman and candidate for Los Angeles County supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite-Burke, said, "It is pleasing to see Nestle making an impact on schools throughout the country. It is my hope that other companies follow suit." Adding to that comment, Area Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District Dr. Robert Martin said, "In times of diminished resources, schools need private industry's help." Dr. Victor Kimbell, principal, 42nd Street Elementary School, concluded, "Our saving grace is for companies to come forth and help us out."
 Leticia Quezada, member of the Los Angeles City School Board, thanked Nestle for, "... providing schools with enrichment programs that basic funding just barely provides." She added, "We all benefit in the end when our children achieve."
 (The following community representatives were also in attendance: Nellara Bell, administrative assistant to Mayor Tom Bradley; Ernestine Peters, regional field director NAACP; and Carliss McGhee, acting Western Region Director UNCF.)
 The Nestle Quality Education Program is a multibrand marketing campaign underwritten by the Nestle Food Co., Nestle Beverage Co., Nestle Dairy Systems and Stouffer Frozen Food Co. The campaign was designed to directly support a number of select public schools, school districts and public school-based educational programs nationwide through a $500,000 grant. Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) was the recipient of a $1,000,000 grant to support reading-based projects in and around Nestle's 23 regional offices.
 Headquartered in Glendale, Calif., Nestle USA Inc. is a subsidiary of the largest food company in the world, Nestle S.A., and employs nearly 43,000 people nationwide. As of January 1991, the newly reorganized Nestle USA serves as the parent company for: Nestle Food Co., Nestle Beverage Co., Nestle Brands Foodservice Co., Nestle Frozen/Refrigerated Food Co., Stouffer Hotels, Resorts and Restaurants and Wine World Estates.
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