Bay Area Organizations Serving Youth and Families Receive $300,000 in Grants From Starbucks Second Year of Starbucks Bay Area Grants for Giving Program Targets

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    SAN FRANCISCO, May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Eight Bay Area non-profit
 organizations today received $300,000 in grants from the Starbucks Bay Area
 Grants for Giving Program. Now in its second year, the program awards grants
 to exceptional non-profit organizations, building on the company's tradition
 of giving back to the communities where it does business. Local children and
 families in need often depend on non-profit organizations to provide vital
 services that are unmet by social and government programs; this has inspired
 Starbucks to focus this year's grants on helping organizations that work to
 build better futures for youth and families here in the Bay Area.
     The eight grant recipients were chosen from more than 1,400 submissions
 received by Starbucks in February 2002. Each of these organizations provide
 services that address urgent needs in the Bay Area, such as shelter for
 homeless families, education and literacy, and counseling for troubled youth
 and families.
     "The Bay Area Grants for Giving Program is part of our ongoing commitment
 to the Bay Area," said Gina Marino, regional vice president of operations for
 Starbucks Northern California. "This program enables Starbucks to give back to
 the communities where we live and do business, by helping organizations that
 work to build better futures for youth and families here in the Bay Area. We
 are honored to have the opportunity to work with these exceptional non-profit
 organizations."
     The eight grantees of the Starbucks Bay Area Grants for Giving Program
 were honored at an event at San Francisco's City Hall and profiled today on
 the KTVU FOX 2 "Mornings on 2" program. There is a $50,000 grantee and a
 $25,000 grantee located in each of the following regions:  North Bay,
 Peninsula/South Bay, East Bay and San Francisco. The grantees announced today
 are:
 
     -- From the East Bay, Oakland Butterfly & Urban Gardens (OBUGS), a program
        that works to strengthen families and build community through the
        creation of a network of neighborhood gardens; and Hayward's Family
        Emergency Shelter Coalition (FESCO), which provides homeless and
        low-income families with food, shelter, clothing, counseling, and links
        to community resources.
     -- From the Peninsula/South Bay, Pacifica School Volunteers, which helps
        children who are struggling in school by providing trained volunteers
        to work with students one-on-one or in small groups helping them with
        reading, math and other subjects; and Sunnyvale's Project H.E.L.P.
        (High Expectations Learning Program), an early academic intervention
        program designed to provide underachieving at-risk elementary school
        students with supplemental instruction in reading and math.
     -- From the North Bay, The Interfaith Council of Solano County, which is
        using the grant to fund Fairfield's Heather House Emergency Shelter,
        which provides a safe, homelike environment for families and is the
        only permanent homeless shelter located in Fairfield; and Rohnert
        Park's Early Learning Institute (ELI), a pre-literacy program that
        provides parents with special "Before Books" literacy kits aimed at
        developing a language-rich environment for young children between the
        ages of birth to three years of age.
     -- From San Francisco, Children of Shelters (COS), a completely volunteer
        organization dedicated to providing children living in homeless
        shelters with the educational and cultural experiences to help them
        realize their potential, expand their minds, and acquire the creativity
        and tools to succeed in life; and San Francisco Suicide Prevention,
        which will use the grant to fund The Youth Risk Reduction and Education
        Program. The program works to create an atmosphere of improved
        self-esteem and coping skills among young people, in an effort to
        reduce self-destructive behaviors including peer violence, gun
        violence, dropping out of school and suicide.
 
     Starbucks is committed to the long-term support of the program's grant
 recipients through the volunteer efforts of the company's 4,300 Bay Area
 partners (employees). Each grantee teams with a Starbucks partner that serves
 as an ambassador for the organization -- driving enthusiasm, support, and
 volunteer hours for the grantees among local Starbucks partners. To learn more
 about these exceptional organizations, visit Starbucks.com or KTVU.com.
     Starbucks Coffee Company is the leading retailer, roaster and brand of
 specialty coffee in the world.  In addition to its retail locations in North
 America, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific Rim, Starbucks sells coffee
 and tea products through its specialty operations, including its online store
 at Starbucks.com.  Additionally Starbucks produces and sells bottled
 Frappuccino(R) 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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