IP Hosts 5K Raising Funds & Awareness About Hunger at Home and Abroad

Kids PB&J Run Benefits The Memphis Food Bank

Mar 25, 2011, 11:19 ET from International Paper

MEMPHIS, Tenn., March 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Bring your friends and family and join International Paper (IP) employees along with members of the Mid-South community as IP hosts the 2011 Coins 4 Kids 5K Run and Walk. The event will be held April 2, beginning at 8:30 a.m., at IP's global headquarters, 6400 Poplar Ave., Memphis.

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Early registration is $18 and members of the Memphis Runners Track Club get a $1 discount. Registration is available online at coins4kids.com and race-day registration will be available for $25 on April 2, beginning at 7:00 a.m. at the race site.

In conjunction with the Coins 4 Kids Run and Walk, the event will include a kid's Peanut Butter & Jelly (PB&J) Fun Run to support The Memphis Food Bank. In lieu of a registration fee, children are asked to donate a jar of peanut butter and/or jelly to enter the PB&J Run. This race is open to children ages 12 and younger and begins at 9:45 a.m.

One hundred percent of the race proceeds benefit Coins 4 Kids, an award-winning school feeding program, launched in 2004 as a partnership between IP and the World Food Programme, the world's largest humanitarian agency. For just 25 cents per day or $50 per year, school children who would otherwise go hungry are provided food in school each day.  Annually, gifts from the company, IP employees, friends and the International Paper Foundation provide meals in school for more than 72,000 school children in poverty-stricken areas of Nairobi, Kenya.

"IP will always support the communities where our employees live and work," said Patty Neuhoff, president of the International Paper Foundation. "Coins 4 Kids gives us an avenue to continue our corporate responsibility around the globe."

Awards will go to the top male and female overall winners, male and female masters winners, and the top three finishers in each of the following age groups: 10 and under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69; and 70 and over.

For additional information, visit coins4kids.com. For details on the upcoming Coins 4 Kids 5K Walk & Run, e-mail Scott.Sauer@ipaper.com.  

About International Paper

International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a global paper and packaging company with manufacturing operations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia and North Africa. Its businesses include uncoated papers and industrial and consumer packaging, complemented by xpedx, the company's North American distribution company. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., the company employs about 59,500 people in more than 24 countries and serves customers worldwide. 2010 net sales were more than $25 billion. For more information about International Paper, its products and stewardship efforts, visit internationalpaper.com.

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