Diners Across America Eat Delicious Fare on August 29th to Help Ongoing Hurricane Katrina Recovery Efforts

Share Our Strength Holds 2nd Annual National Dine-out Program, Restaurants

for Relief 2, Presented by American Express in Partnership With Food

Network and the National Restaurant Association

Aug 16, 2006, 01:00 ET from Share Our Strength

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, August 29th, the
 one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Americans can eat, drink and
 make a difference in the lives of those still affected in the Gulf Coast
 region by participating in Share Our Strength's Restaurants for Relief 2,
 presented by American Express. This second annual nationwide dine-out
 program helps Share Our Strength, one of the nation's leading organizations
 working to end childhood hunger, with its ongoing hurricane recovery
     Diners can support this good cause by going out on Tuesday, August 29th
 to one of their favorite participating restaurants and enjoying delicious
 food and drink. A list of participating restaurants, from neighborhood
 bistros to four-star restaurants and national chains, is available at
 http://www.strength.org. Diners can conveniently make reservations online
 through http://www.OpenTable.com by clicking the link provided for member
 restaurants in the Restaurants for Relief 2 restaurant list.
     Other ways to participate include making a donation through
 http://www.strength.org or purchasing a Restaurant.com dining certificate
 through http://www.strength.org. Through the website, a $25 certificate is
 only $10 and fifty percent or $5 of each gift certificate will go to Share
 Our Strength's ongoing Gulf Coast recovery efforts.
     According to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation national survey, 52%
 percent of Americans recognize there is still "major work" to be done to
 get New Orleans up and running and 70% percent say that people still have
 not gotten the help they need. As part of Share Our Strength's mission to
 end childhood hunger in America, funds raised from a percentage of
 restaurants' proceeds on August 29th will help rebuild school cafeterias,
 open summer meal programs, provide assistance for affected restaurant
 workers, and more.
     One year ago, Share Our Strength's first Restaurants for Relief
 dine-out program, combined with other efforts, raised more than $1.2
 million in critical funding that supported schools, community kitchens,
 feeding programs, farmers' markets, FEMA trailer parks and efforts to aid
 restaurant and hospitality workers.
     "With hundreds of thousands of people still displaced from their homes
 and so much still to be done, Share Our Strength is committed to being
 engaged in the Gulf for as long as it takes," said Bill Shore, founder and
 executive director of Share Our Strength. "Everyone in America has a
 strength to share during this ongoing crisis. Dining out on August 29th for
 Restaurants for Relief 2 is an easy way to help our neighbors in the wake
 of Katrina."
     "American Express is committed to the communities where our employees
 and customers live and work. Our long-standing partnership with Share Our
 Strength is an important example of this commitment," said Curtis Wilson,
 vice president and general manager for restaurant industries for American
 Express Establishment Services. "We believe strongly that Restaurants for
 Relief 2 will be a powerful vehicle for helping the people of the Gulf
 Coast recover."
     Through promotional partnerships with Food Network and the National
 Restaurant Association, Share Our Strength will bring Restaurants for
 Relief 2 to restaurants and diners across America. Food Network favorites,
 Emeril Lagasse and Rachael Ray, are featured in public service
 announcements now airing on Food Network, HGTV, Fine Living Channel and DIY
 urging restaurants and diners to support this worthy cause. The National
 Restaurant Association has tapped its member restaurants to support Share
 Our Strength's efforts as a portion of funds raised will help restaurant
 and hospitality industry workers' families.
     "Food Network is proud to support Share Our Strength's Restaurants for
 Relief 2 and their inspiring, ongoing efforts to support the Gulf. Through
 our online and on-air promotions, we hope to raise much needed attention
 for this important effort," said Mark O'Connor, vice president, public
 relations for Food Network.
     "Restaurants are the cornerstone of our communities, and I know of no
 other industry that is as giving of its time and talents for those in need
 as the restaurant industry. On behalf of the restaurant industry, we are so
 pleased to join Share Our Strength, American Express and Food Network to
 support the hospitality workers and those affected by Hurricane Katrina,"
 said Steven C. Anderson, president and chief executive officer of the
 National Restaurant Association.
     For more information about Restaurants for Relief 2 or to find a
 participating restaurant near you visit http://www.strength.org.
     About Share Our Strength
     Since 1984, Share Our Strength has led the fight against hunger and
 poverty by inspiring individuals and businesses to share their strengths.
 Today, their priority is to end childhood hunger in America. By raising
 funds to support the most effective community-based programs that feed
 hungry children, partnering with organizations pursuing long-term
 solutions, and helping families help themselves through nutrition education
 programs, Share Our Strength will ensure that the nearly 14 million
 children facing hunger have access to the nutritious food they need to
 learn, grow and thrive. For more information, please visit
     About American Express
     Establishment Services is the merchant network of American Express,
 which acquires and maintains relationships with millions of merchants
 around the globe, which welcome American Express-branded Cards. American
 Express Company is a leading global payments, network, travel and banking
 company founded in 1850. For more information, please visit
     About Food Network
     FOOD NETWORK (http://www.foodnetwork.com) is a unique lifestyle network
 and website that strive to be way more than cooking. The network is
 committed to exploring new and different ways to approach food -- through
 pop culture, competition, adventure, and travel -- while also expanding its
 repertoire of technique-based information. Food Network is distributed to
 more than 89 million U.S. households and nine million website users. With
 headquarters in New York City and offices in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago,
 Detroit and Knoxville, Food Network can be seen internationally in Canada,
 Australia, Korea, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, Monaco, Andorra,
 Africa, France, and the French-speaking territories in the Caribbean and
 Polynesia. The E.W. Scripps Company, which also owns and operates Home &
 Garden Television Network (hgtv.com), Do It Yourself (diynetwork.com), and
 Fine Living (fineliving.com), is the manager and general partner.
     About the National Restaurant Association (NRA)
     The National Restaurant Association, founded in 1919, is the leading
 business association for the restaurant industry, which is comprised of
 925,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets and a work force of 12.5 million
 employees -- making it the cornerstone of the economy, career opportunities
 and community involvement. Along with the National Restaurant Association
 Educational Foundation, the Association works to represent, educate and
 promote the rapidly growing industry. For more information, visit our Web
 site at http://www.restaurant.org.

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