All Books for Children Book Drive Breaks Records

Starbucks Coffee stores in New York City/Metro New York more than double goal

to collect nearly 124,000 books for community literacy programs

May 01, 2003, 01:00 ET from Starbucks Coffee Company

    NEW YORK, May 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
 Starbucks Coffee Company (Nasdaq:   SBUX) today announced the results of its
 sixth annual All Books for Children book drive, a community-driven program
 geared towards giving kids the necessary tools they need to read and succeed.
 In the New York City/Metro New York area, an unprecedented 123,750 books were
 collected for local literacy programs, more than double the 2003 goal of
     From March 19 through April 22, customers donated new and gently used
 books to their local Starbucks Coffee retail locations throughout the New York
 City/Metro New York area.  Nationwide Starbucks collected over 456,000 books.
 Since its inception, the book drive has collected over 1.5 million books for
 children in need.
     "This year we surpassed our goal to collect over 51,000 books by more than
 double, which is an extraordinary accomplishment," said Alan Hilowitz,
 regional spokesperson, Starbucks Coffee.  "Starbucks All Books for Children
 book drive has continued to gain momentum each year and is a testament to the
 commitment made by the community and our customers to put books in the hands
 of the children who need them."
     This year, the All Books for Children book drive collected books for the
 following local literacy organizations:
     In New York City:
     Residents of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island
 raised nearly 20,350 books for two literacy programs, New York Scores and
 Jumpstart, surpassing this year's target of 15,500 books by 5,000.
     New York Scores' mission is to strengthen urban public school communities
 through soccer, literacy, and community service. Jumpstart is a nonprofit
 organization that pairs college students to work one-to-one with preschoolers
 struggling in Head Start and other early learning programs.
     In New Jersey:
     Starbucks stores in New Jersey collected almost 32,000 books for The Boys
 and Girls Clubs of New Jersey, whose mission is to inspire and enable all
 young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize
 their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. This
 number is almost double the goal of 16,250.
     In Long Island:
     Communities in Long Island donated a record 52,000 books -- nearly
 quadrupling the goal to collect 13,500 books -- for Even Start, an
 organization that helps break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy by improving
 educational opportunities for families.  Special recognition goes to the
 Huntington Starbucks, which collected more books than any other store in the
 New York City/Metro New York region.
     In Fairfield/Putnam Counties:
     Local Starbucks in Fairfield County collected over 11,100 books and Putnam
 County Starbucks collected nearly 2,000 books, to donate a total of over
 13,100 books to the Literacy Volunteers of America, Inc. (LVA), a fully
 integrated national network of local, state, and regional literacy providers
 that gives adults and their families the opportunity to acquire skills to be
 effective in their roles as members of their families, communities, and
     In Rockland/Westchester Counties:
     Residents of Rockland and Westchester counties donated nearly 7,000 books
 for the United Way of Rockland County/Westchester County, a local, volunteer-
 led organizations that bring together people and resources to find solutions
 to our area's most pressing health and human service issues and create
 positive change in the lives of those who live and work in the community.
     About Starbucks Coffee Company
     Starbucks Coffee Company is the leading retailer, roaster and brand of
 specialty coffee in the world, with more than 6,000 retail locations in North
 America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific Rim. The
 Company is committed to offering the highest quality coffee and the Starbucks
 Experience while conducting its business in ways that produce social,
 environmental and economic benefits for communities in which it does business.
 In addition to its retail operations, the Company produces and sells bottled
 Frappuccino(R) coffee drinks, Starbucks DoubleShot(TM) coffee drink, and a
 line of superpremium ice creams through its joint venture partnerships. The
 Company's other brands enhance the Starbucks Experience through best-of-class
 products: Tazo Tea Company offers a line of innovative premium teas, and Hear
 Music produces and distributes a line of exceptional compact discs.

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