Starbucks Announces $1 Million Commitment to Local Parks in Western Washington Neighborhood Parks Program Expands to Fund Projects in Three Counties



    SEATTLE, WA, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Starbucks Coffee Company
 (Nasdaq:   SBUX) today announced a major commitment of $1 million in 2005 for
 the improvement of parks throughout King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties. At a
 formal launch event attended by Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, representatives
 from neighborhood parks and Starbucks partners (employees), Starbucks ceo
 designate Jim Donald shared the exciting details of the Starbucks Neighborhood
 Parks Program.
     "Starbucks Neighborhood Parks Program reflects our passion for giving
 back to the communities in which we live, work and play," said Jim Donald, ceo
 designate, Starbucks Coffee Company. "This expanded program offers Starbucks
 partners, customers and neighborhood organizations a great opportunity to work
 together to improve the quality and vitality of the communities in Starbucks
 hometown."
     In 2005, Starbucks plans to invest $1 million in two ways. The
 Neighborhood Park Grants program will award $450,000 in grants -- 30 grants of
 up to $15,000 each -- to community groups undertaking park improvement
 projects. This amount is a significant increase over Starbucks previous annual
 commitments of $100,000. In addition, these grants will now be available to
 neighborhood organizations throughout King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties.
 Applications will be available in Starbucks stores beginning February 1, 2005.
     New in 2005, the Starbucks Parks Fund will focus on supporting signature
 park projects throughout King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties, with a total
 commitment of $550,000. These signature projects will be selected by Starbucks
 based on community need; there is no application process for these funds.
     This increased commitment is a result of the outstanding community
 response to Starbucks Neighborhood Parks Grants program since its inception in
 2000. Over the past four years, Starbucks has donated more than $400,000 in
 grants to 40 grassroots neighborhood organizations.
     "We are delighted to work with Starbucks to create and preserve
 welcoming, enjoyable gathering places for all members of the community to
 enjoy," said Brit Kramer, Executive Director, Washington Recreation and Park
 Association (WRPA). "Parks groups throughout King, Pierce and Snohomish
 Counties will be thrilled to undertake volunteer projects with Starbucks
 generous support."
     Starbucks Neighborhood Parks Program celebrates the company's commitment
 to building community by supporting park improvement projects. Both parks and
 Starbucks coffeehouses serve as the "Third Place" between home and work, where
 people come to relax, socialize and gather together as a community. This
 shared quality makes for an ideal fit between Starbucks and parks.
     More information on Starbucks Neighborhood Parks Program can be found at
 www.starbucks.com.
     Starbucks Corporation is the leading retailer, roaster and brand of
 specialty coffee in the world, with more than 8,700 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.
 
     Contacts: Kate Burritt                Alan Hilowitz
               Grey Worldwide              Starbucks Coffee Company
               1-877-250-2275 ext. 274     206-318-7709
 
 

SOURCE Starbucks Coffee Company

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