SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- McDonald's restaurants throughout
the Bay Area hosted free breakfast Thanksgiving morning for thousands of
children and families in need. Restaurants from San Francisco to Watsonville
closed their doors to the public to provide meals to residents receiving
support from local shelters, transitional housing agencies and other social
Bay Area mayors, city council members, firefighters and police officers
helped McDonald's crew serve breakfast Thanksgiving morning. Oakland Raiders
Lincoln Kennedy, Zack Crockett and Shane Lechler as well as CEO Amy Trask and
a dozen Raiderettes also entertained McDonald's guests.
Since 1997, McDonald's Thanksgiving Breakfast program has provided free
breakfast to 15,000 Northern California residents. Each year, restaurants
invite community members in need to have breakfast and enjoy entertainment
provided by local balloon artists, face painters, Ronald McDonald, Grimace and
The Hamburglar. McDonald's Thanksgiving Breakfast program was developed to
answer a need in the Bay Area community.
"Many organizations serve dinner for Thanksgiving, but a good breakfast is
hard to come by," said Brad Goldblatt, McDonald's owner/operator in Contra
Costa County. "Thanksgiving is meant to be a day of celebration and abundance.
This program offers a festive environment to people who might not otherwise
have reason to celebrate on Thanksgiving."
Ed Smith, Oakland McDonald's owner and former Oakland Police Department
Captain, hosts Martin Luther King Elementary School students and their
families every year.
"I watch over the kids and support them throughout the year by awarding
prizes for academic achievements," said Smith. "The students benefit
tremendously from community support and encouragement."
Thanksgiving Breakfast is one of many programs McDonald's hosts to
strengthen its local neighborhoods. Northern California McDonald's "Keep Music
Alive in Our Schools" program, developed to revive music education in the Bay
Area, has donated more than $750,000 in musical instruments to 84 schools in
just three years. This year, the program anticipates exceeding the
million-dollar mark in instrument value, providing new and refurbished musical
instruments to more than 100 schools. Applications have been mailed to every
public school music teacher in the 15 Northern California counties and are due
December 3, 2001. In early November, McDonald's McTeacher's Night program
raised $20,000 for Bay Area schools. Principals and teachers worked behind
McDonald's counters while students and their families dined. A portion of
sales was donated directly back to each school.
McDonald's is the world's leading foodservice retailer with more than
28,000 restaurants serving 45 million customers each day in 120 countries.
Approximately 80 percent of McDonald's restaurants worldwide are owned and
operated by independent, local businessmen and women.
The Northern California McDonald's region is comprised of 15 counties:
Alameda, Contra Costa, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa,
San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano and
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