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WENDY'S RESTAURANTS DONATE FOOD, SUPPLIES TO MIAMI-AREA HURRICANE VICTIMS

 WENDY'S RESTAURANTS DONATE FOOD, SUPPLIES
 TO MIAMI-AREA HURRICANE VICTIMS
 Mobile Restaurants To Supply Free Food
 To Victims in Cutler Ridge, Homestead
 MIAMI, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Miami-area Wendy's restaurants, assisted by Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers restaurants across the country, are donating food, clothing, and supplies to help the victims of Hurricane Andrew.
 Wendy's has dispatched two mobile "restaurants" to Cutler Ridge and Homestead -- two of the areas hardest-hit by the hurricane. These mobile units, staffed by Wendy's employees from across Florida, will provide free Wendy's hamburgers, french fries, and canned soft drinks to thousands of area victims left homeless and without food.
 The mobile units are scheduled to open for business on Sept. 7, and are committed to distribute free food for at least seven days. Local authorities are currently working with Wendy's officials to determine optimal locations for these mobile units, which are arriving from West Virginia, and Wendy's headquarters in Dublin, Ohio.
 The tentative site for Homestead is a shopping plaza across the street from the Harris Field baseball park (the winter ball park for the Cleveland Indians) on highway U.S. 1. The Cutler Ridge site is still being determined. Since the hurricane recovery effort began, Wendy's has been working closely with local authorities to determine where the need for food and supplies is greatest.
 "Wendy's is doing everything possible to get much-needed food and other supplies to the many victims of this disaster," said Mark Reed, director of area operations for Wendy's International (NYSE: WEN) in Miami. "We want our friends and neighbors in the area to know that we're all in this together and we are here to help until we all get back on our feet again."
 Three area Wendy's restaurants were destroyed by the hurricane, but other Miami-area Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers restaurants are pitching in to help Dade County residents. Wendy's restaurants from West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami teamed up to purchase bulk quantities of non-perishable food and paper products for donation to shelters in the Homestead area.
 Canned and packaged food such as apple sauce, fruit, crackers, tortilla chips, and three-bean salad, plus an assortment of paper products, were ordered by these local restaurants, based on estimates of need from disaster relief authorities.
 Delivery of these relief supplies was made possible by Wendy's local food distribution firm, Interstate Distributors, Inc., of Jacksonville, Fla., which donated a truck and driver.
 Throughout the country, Wendy's employees are donating food and clothing, which is being shipped at regular intervals to Wendy's Miami office for distribution to individuals, families, and shelters.
 Wendy's has been trying to contact all its employees affected by the Hurricane, and has been providing temporary shelter, relocation assistance, financial assistance, and social services for its employees.
 Efforts have begun to rebuild the three Wendy's restaurants destroyed by Hurricane Andrew. "Wendy's is committed to staying in Dade County, and to rebuilding our destroyed locations," said Ray Serina, senior vice president, Wendy's southeast region. "We are working alongside other businesses to rebuild and show our support for this area."
 The Homestead location is scheduled to be rebuilt by early November, the south Miami Wendy's on S. Dixie Highway is scheduled for completion by mid-October, and plans have begun to rebuild the Cutler Ridge Wendy's.
 Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers restaurants were founded in 1969 by R. David Thomas, who named the chain after one of his daughters. Wendy's has over 3,900 restaurants and annual sales of more than $3.2 billion. There are 46 restaurants in the Dade, Broward, and Monroe County area, including the three restaurants that were demolished and are being rebuilt.
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 /CONTACT: Susan Kosling, of Wendy's International, 614-764-3327/
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