Hunger Relief for 400 Indy Families - Feed The Children and Fazoli's Distribute Food & Essentials to Families in Need

Jul 30, 2013, 11:35 ET from Fazoli's

LEXINGTON, K.Y., July 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With $20 billion in looming cuts to the SNAP food stamps program, hunger relief organizations continue to find innovative ways to help families in need.  This week, Feed The Children, one of the country's largest disaster and hunger relief organizations, will be in Indianapolis with corporate partner Fazoli's to distribute food and essentials to approximately 400 families.  The distribution is part of the national Breadsticks For Hunger Tour, which was created by the partnership, with stops in 22 cities this summer.  The distribution will take place at the Midwest Food Bank on South Belmont Road this Wednesday, July, 31 at 9:00 a.m.    

Along with distributing food, the tour is raising funds and awareness for childhood hunger.  The centerpiece of the tour is a customized food truck used for handing out Fazoli's breadsticks.  Those receiving the breadsticks are encouraged to donate to Feed The Children.  In addition, Fazoli's created a special flavored drink named "Giving Grape Lemon Ice" and will donate $1 to Feed The Children for every one it sells throughout the summer.  Last year the tour raised $50,000, plus donations of 9 tons of food.  Already this summer, the tour is on track to surpass last year's $50,000 donation. Those interested in tracking the tour can go to 

Fazoli's CEO Carl Howard, will participate in the food distribution along with other Fazoli's employees and restaurant staff.  He believes the Breadsticks For Hunger Tour is a great example of how companies can get creative to help organizations like Feed The Children.  "Fazoli's is pleased to be a partner with Feed The Children," said Howard.  "It's personally rewarding to be part of the distribution efforts, and from an organization standpoint, all of our restaurant associates are excited to be part of the effort.  Indianapolis is also our largest market, and we are thrilled to give back to the community."   

At the Indianapolis distribution, a semi-trailer will be used to distribute food and essentials.  Assistance in the distribution will be provided by the staff and volunteers at the Midwest Food Bank.  Each family will receive a 25-pound box of food and a 10-pound box of personal care items.  The boxes are designed to help a family of four for up to one week.  In the metro

Indianapolis area, more than 80,000 children are at risk for hunger.  And according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 16 million American children are at risk of hunger.

"We sincerely appreciate Fazoli's for its ongoing support to our mission," said Feed The Children Vice President of Strategic Initiatives Jill vanEgmond.  "With the proposed cuts to SNAP, we will need other companies to partner with our organization in order to meet the growing needs for hunger and disaster relief."   

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

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.

John McCauley                       
Brokaw Inc.                                            

Erin Engelke  
Feed The Children     

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