Fazoli's Pays It Forward for Feed The Children

Apr 18, 2013, 15:11 ET from Fazoli's

Gives Vouchers for 100,000 Free Entrees on Pay It Forward Day

LEXINGTON, Ky., April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- April 25 is International Pay It Forward Day, a day focused on inspiring random acts of kindness around the world.  Fazoli's is celebrating the day by handing out more than 100,000 vouchers for free Pasta Marinara in participating Fazoli's locations across the country.  The goal is to encourage those coming into the restaurant for the free entree to pay it forward by making a donation to Feed The Children, a non-profit hunger relief organization that helps families in need.  Those interested in receiving a voucher or contributing to Feed The Children should stop into a participating Fazoli's location and ask for a voucher on April 25. Guests have until May 31 to redeem their voucher and make a donation.

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Childhood hunger in the United States remains a major concern among relief organizations.  According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there are as many as 16 million American children at risk of hunger.  Fazoli's is a partner of Feed The Children.  Last year, the restaurant conducted a Breadstick Tour across the country, which raised $50,000, plus 9 tons of food for the organization.  Fazoli's will kick off its second tour on May 30.

International Pay It Forward Day is supported by people in 52 countries around the world.  The goal this year is to inspire over 5 million acts of kindness on Thursday, April 25, 2013.  Those interested in learning more about events planned for the day should go to www.payitforwardday.com.

Cathy Hull, Fazoli's Chief Marketing Officer, is pleased that Fazoli's is able to support such an important cause.  "Fazoli's is committed to helping reduce childhood hunger in America," said Hull.  "International Pay It Forward Day presented a great opportunity to draw special attention to childhood hunger before the Fazoli's Breadsticks for Hunger Tour begins.  And by handing out the vouchers, we're letting our food pay it forward."

"This is a great way to raise awareness and money for childhood hunger," said Feed The Children Vice President of Strategic Initiatives Jill vanEgmond.  "As we approach the summer months, the need will increase when schools are out and breakfast and lunch programs end.  We are pleased to have Fazoli's as a partner to support our fundraising efforts."

An American family favorite for more than 20 years, Fazoli's ranked #2 overall among large national fast-food chains in the prestigious Zagat Survey.  With a premium menu of freshly prepared Italian entrees, oven-baked sandwiches and salads, a new service style featuring table service and a contemporary new restaurant design, Fazoli's is expanding throughout the country. Founded in Lexington, Ky. in 1988, Fazoli's was acquired by Sun Capital Partners in 2006.

Founded in 1979, Feed The Children's mission is to provide hope and resources for those without life's essentials.  A BBB Wise Giving Alliance accredited charity, Feed The Children is one of the largest charities based in the U.S., providing more than 350,000 children around the world with a hot, nourishing meal every day. Here in the U.S., nearly 10 million people receive assistance each year from food and supplies distributed through over 1,200 local partner agencies. For more information, visit www.feedthechildren.org

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Brokaw Inc.
440.263.3964    jmccauley@brokaw.com

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