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PIZZA HUT AND FOODCHAIN CREATE FIRST NATIONWIDE PROGRAM TO DELIVER LARGE AMOUNTS OF FOOD TO THE NEEDY

 ATLANTA, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 4,000 Pizza Hut outlets nationwide will deliver surplus pizzas to hungry Americans by the end of 1994. Officials from Pizza Hut and Foodchain -- The National Association of Prepared and Perishable Food Rescue Programs (PPFRPs) -- announced the expansion of an existing program where pizzas from incorrect orders and surplus product are made available to local food distribution programs.
 The effort, called "The Pizza Hut Harvest Program," is currently in place in more than 1,500 Pizza Hut outlets.
 "We feel strongly about being a good corporate partner with government agencies and social services, so that together we can help fight the problem of hunger in America," said Pat Williamson, chief operating officer of Pizza Hut. "We're proud that we are the first national program; we hope other restaurants will join us."
 PPFRPs are now found in most major cities. Such food redistribution organizations help to feed people in need by "linking" sources of unused, unserved cooked and fresh foods (e.g., restaurants, caterers, hotel kitchens and cafeterias) with community service agencies such as shelters and soup kitchens that provide meals to people who would otherwise go hungry. Foodchain works nationally to link national restaurant chains with local programs from coast to coast and provides support services to existing food rescue programs.
 "Pizza Hut's ambitious program serves as a grant model for other restaurants. We're hoping other restaurant chains will follow their lead, so they, too, will find out just how safe and easy helping hungry people can be," said Christina Martin, executive director of Foodchain. "We now have food rescue programs in most major cities, and in addition to the safety and efficiency of the programs, Good Samaritan Laws have been enacted in each state and the District of Columbia, to help expedite the safe and efficient delivery of perfectly good food to those in need."
 The objective of The Pizza Hut Harvest Program is to "harvest" surplus pizzas that are of excellent quality.
 "Pizza Hut will distribute the same quality food to hungry people that it sells to consumers," said Bill Reighard, president of Food Donation Connection, an associate member of Foodchain that has supervised the development of The Pizza Hut Harvest Program.
 Food Donation Connection targets private sector initiatives to reduce hunger. Food Donation supervised the development of The Pizza Hut Harvest Program.
 The program also has the endorsement of Rep. Tony Hall (D-Ohio), the chairman of the Congressional Hunger Caucus. Hall recently ended a 22-day fast to bring national attention to the issue of hunger in America.
 "If government alone could end this problem, it would have done so long ago," Hall said.
 He emphasized the need for partnerships between government and business to provide food donations and to create safe, efficient delivery systems at the local level. Martin pointed to the expanding network of PPFRPs as evidence of the growing support for these partnerships.
 Foodchain was started with the assistance of The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of the package delivery giant.
 "Our national network of individual local programs collectively have received some $4.3 million from The UPS Foundation, in addition to its technical assistance, which has been instrumental to our success," Martin said. "Together UPS and Pizza Hut have formed a chain of resources to help feed hungry Americans."
 When The UPS Foundation began its anti-hunger initiative in 1989, there were approximately 30 PPFRPs known to be operating. Currently, there are more than 125 programs operating in 41 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. This number is expected to continue to increase in coming years.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Picture available FPS2 on AP Photo Express./
 /CONTACT: Christina Martin, 800-845-3008, or David Sheon, 202-778-1023, both for The Pizza Hut Harvest Program/


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