Celebs Do Lunch ... Boxes, to Help End Hunger

100+ Celebrity-Designed Lunchboxes Go on the Auction Block to Benefit

Hunger-Relief Organizations - Food Bank for New York City & The Lunchbox

Fund

- Michael Stipe, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mike Myers, Maggie Gyllenhaal,Yoko Ono,

Rachael Ray Among Lunchbox Designers -



Nov 08, 2007, 00:00 ET from Food Bank For New York City

    NEW YORK, Nov. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- One-hundred-plus iconic
 celebrities from the entertainment, fashion, art, music, literary and
 culinary worlds, remind us that food matters, by creating personalized
 lunchbox art to be offered for online auction to benefit two hunger relief
 organizations - Food Bank For New York City and The Lunchbox Fund of South
 Africa. The Lunchbox Auction will go live on Friday, December 7, 2007, at
 (12 a.m. EST) during a star-studded, invitation-only, fundraiser preview
 party and mini- auction, hosted by Michael Stipe, at Saatchi & Saatchi,
 beginning at 8 p.m., 375 Hudson Street. Manhattan. The auction at
 www.thelunchboxauction.org will run through Friday, December 21, 2007.
     Among the 100+ 'power lunch' ... box designers are: Alek Wek, Amy Lee
 of Evanescence, Anna Sui, April Bloomfield (Spotted Pig), Beastie Boys, Ben
 Kingsley, Billy Crudup, Bob Gruen, Bright Eyes, Built By Wendy, Cameron
 Diaz, Casey Affleck, Cat Power, Chris Martin, Christie Bush, Christopher
 Makos, Citizen Band, Cobra Starship, Courtney Love, Cynthia Rowley, Daisy
 de Villeneuve, Danny Clinch, David Bowie, Drew Fuller, Elton John, Eric
 Dane, Eva Mendes, Flea, Gordon Cheung, Guy Pearce, Gwyneth Paltrow,
 Heatherette, Helena Christensen, Hilton Brothers, Iman, Interpol, James
 Franco, Jessica Biel, Jimmy Fallon, Joaquin Phoenix, John Mayer, Josh
 Hartnett, Julia Stiles, Kanye West, Kevin Mazur, Kevin Smith, Kirsten
 Dunst, Kobe Bryant, Lamberton Truex, Lily Allen, Marchesa, Marianne Pearl &
 Adam Pearl, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Marilyn Minter, Mark Selinger, Mario Batali,
 Michael Stipe, Mick Rock, Mike Myers, Natalie Portman, Orlando Bloom, Patti
 Smith, Paul Solberg, Pete Yorn, Peter Sarsgaard, Piper Perabo, Rachael Ray,
 Reese Witherspoon, Richard Branson, Rockstar Games, Rodney Dickson, Rosanne
 Cash, Rufus Wainwright, Rui Matsunaga, Sam Rockwell, Scissor Sisters,
 Sienna Miller, Simon Keenleyside, Some Odd Rubies, Swarovski, Temperley of
 London, Terry George, The Bravery, TV on the Radio, Yoko Ono, You Tube
 Founder (Chad Hurley), and Zac Posen.
     Each lunchbox is reflective of the artists' personal expression and no
 two lunchboxes are alike. Each lunchbox is signed and numbered.
     Hunger is a global problem. Whether it is New York City or Soweto,
 South Africa, the children of the world are the ones most severely
 affected. In New York City, 1.3 million people turn to food assistance
 programs, like soup kitchens and food pantries, for assistance and one in
 five is a child. South Africa, a country that is rich and prosperous, is
 also a country in which an estimated eighteen million people live without
 adequate food, water or sanitation. Children are often forced to make a
 decision to learn or to eat.
     "I'm honored to once again be a part of The Lunchbox Auction," said
 comedian Mike Myers. "The Lunchbox Fund and Food Bank For New York City
 have created a wonderful way to raise money and awareness about hunger and
 poverty in South Africa and New York."
     Food Bank For New York City is the major supplier of food for 1.3
 million New Yorkers though our network of more than 1,000 emergency and
 community food programs throughout the five boroughs -- including soup
 kitchens, food pantries, shelters, low-income daycare centers, Kids Cafes
 and senior, youth and rehabilitation centers. Those in need include women
 and children, the elderly, people with disabilities and the working poor.
 For every $1 donation, 97 cents goes toward food acquisition, distribution
 and programs. In addition to food, the Food Bank offers education and
 technical support to our network of programs and serves as a research and
 public policy resource center for legislators, the media and the public. In
 July 2007, FoodChange, Inc. became a subsidiary of the Food Bank. For more
 information, go to www.foodbanknyc.org
     The Lunchbox Fund is a non-profit organization that provides lunch to
 school children in South Africa. Often, it is their only meal of the day.
 Many of these children are AIDS orphans running child-headed households,
 who have to make a choice to either eat or go to school -- the $15 a year
 education fee is barely attainable. Through The Lunchbox Fund, these
 children are provided with the food they need to sustain themselves. You
 cannot teach a hungry child. It takes just twenty-five cents to fill a
 child's lunchbox for a day. For more information, visit the website at
 www.thelunchboxfund.org.
 Contacts:   Mary Kaye Daniels              Stacy Brock
             (212) 901-3938                 (212) 901-3943
             marykaye.daniels@bwr-ny.com    stacy.brock@bwr-ny.com
 
 

SOURCE Food Bank For New York City
    NEW YORK, Nov. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- One-hundred-plus iconic
 celebrities from the entertainment, fashion, art, music, literary and
 culinary worlds, remind us that food matters, by creating personalized
 lunchbox art to be offered for online auction to benefit two hunger relief
 organizations - Food Bank For New York City and The Lunchbox Fund of South
 Africa. The Lunchbox Auction will go live on Friday, December 7, 2007, at
 (12 a.m. EST) during a star-studded, invitation-only, fundraiser preview
 party and mini- auction, hosted by Michael Stipe, at Saatchi & Saatchi,
 beginning at 8 p.m., 375 Hudson Street. Manhattan. The auction at
 www.thelunchboxauction.org will run through Friday, December 21, 2007.
     Among the 100+ 'power lunch' ... box designers are: Alek Wek, Amy Lee
 of Evanescence, Anna Sui, April Bloomfield (Spotted Pig), Beastie Boys, Ben
 Kingsley, Billy Crudup, Bob Gruen, Bright Eyes, Built By Wendy, Cameron
 Diaz, Casey Affleck, Cat Power, Chris Martin, Christie Bush, Christopher
 Makos, Citizen Band, Cobra Starship, Courtney Love, Cynthia Rowley, Daisy
 de Villeneuve, Danny Clinch, David Bowie, Drew Fuller, Elton John, Eric
 Dane, Eva Mendes, Flea, Gordon Cheung, Guy Pearce, Gwyneth Paltrow,
 Heatherette, Helena Christensen, Hilton Brothers, Iman, Interpol, James
 Franco, Jessica Biel, Jimmy Fallon, Joaquin Phoenix, John Mayer, Josh
 Hartnett, Julia Stiles, Kanye West, Kevin Mazur, Kevin Smith, Kirsten
 Dunst, Kobe Bryant, Lamberton Truex, Lily Allen, Marchesa, Marianne Pearl &
 Adam Pearl, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Marilyn Minter, Mark Selinger, Mario Batali,
 Michael Stipe, Mick Rock, Mike Myers, Natalie Portman, Orlando Bloom, Patti
 Smith, Paul Solberg, Pete Yorn, Peter Sarsgaard, Piper Perabo, Rachael Ray,
 Reese Witherspoon, Richard Branson, Rockstar Games, Rodney Dickson, Rosanne
 Cash, Rufus Wainwright, Rui Matsunaga, Sam Rockwell, Scissor Sisters,
 Sienna Miller, Simon Keenleyside, Some Odd Rubies, Swarovski, Temperley of
 London, Terry George, The Bravery, TV on the Radio, Yoko Ono, You Tube
 Founder (Chad Hurley), and Zac Posen.
     Each lunchbox is reflective of the artists' personal expression and no
 two lunchboxes are alike. Each lunchbox is signed and numbered.
     Hunger is a global problem. Whether it is New York City or Soweto,
 South Africa, the children of the world are the ones most severely
 affected. In New York City, 1.3 million people turn to food assistance
 programs, like soup kitchens and food pantries, for assistance and one in
 five is a child. South Africa, a country that is rich and prosperous, is
 also a country in which an estimated eighteen million people live without
 adequate food, water or sanitation. Children are often forced to make a
 decision to learn or to eat.
     "I'm honored to once again be a part of The Lunchbox Auction," said
 comedian Mike Myers. "The Lunchbox Fund and Food Bank For New York City
 have created a wonderful way to raise money and awareness about hunger and
 poverty in South Africa and New York."
     Food Bank For New York City is the major supplier of food for 1.3
 million New Yorkers though our network of more than 1,000 emergency and
 community food programs throughout the five boroughs -- including soup
 kitchens, food pantries, shelters, low-income daycare centers, Kids Cafes
 and senior, youth and rehabilitation centers. Those in need include women
 and children, the elderly, people with disabilities and the working poor.
 For every $1 donation, 97 cents goes toward food acquisition, distribution
 and programs. In addition to food, the Food Bank offers education and
 technical support to our network of programs and serves as a research and
 public policy resource center for legislators, the media and the public. In
 July 2007, FoodChange, Inc. became a subsidiary of the Food Bank. For more
 information, go to www.foodbanknyc.org
     The Lunchbox Fund is a non-profit organization that provides lunch to
 school children in South Africa. Often, it is their only meal of the day.
 Many of these children are AIDS orphans running child-headed households,
 who have to make a choice to either eat or go to school -- the $15 a year
 education fee is barely attainable. Through The Lunchbox Fund, these
 children are provided with the food they need to sustain themselves. You
 cannot teach a hungry child. It takes just twenty-five cents to fill a
 child's lunchbox for a day. For more information, visit the website at
 www.thelunchboxfund.org.
 Contacts:   Mary Kaye Daniels              Stacy Brock
             (212) 901-3938                 (212) 901-3943
             marykaye.daniels@bwr-ny.com    stacy.brock@bwr-ny.com
 
 SOURCE Food Bank For New York City