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 51,000. 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 workplaces. 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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