Meritage Hospitality Group Donates a Record $117,000 to West Michigan Food Banks

Apr 19, 2001, 01:00 ET from Meritage Hospitality Group Inc.

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Meritage Hospitality Group
 Inc. (Amex:   MHG), the nation's only publicly traded Wendy's franchisee, today
 announced that on behalf of 40 Wendy's franchised restaurants located in
 Southwest Michigan, the Company has presented $117,000 to West Michigan food
 banks.
     Honoring a ten-year charitable contribution effort with Fox-17, Wendy's
 restaurants across Southwestern Michigan donated a record $117,000 to feed
 needy families in West Michigan.  Meritage Hospitality Group presented the
 gift on behalf of its Wendy's customers and employees.  "We are overwhelmed by
 the generosity of our Wendy's customers and store crews who collected these
 donations during the holidays," stated Robert Schermer, Jr., Meritage's Chief
 Executive Officer.  "With this year's record breaking donation, Wendy's
 customers and crews helped feed more than 200,000 needy people here in West
 Michigan," added Mr. Schermer.  The $117,000 donation was provided to the food
 banks servicing the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Battle Creek areas.
 
     LOOKING AHEAD: 2001
     During the 2001 holiday season, Meritage and Pepsi-Cola Company have
 announced they are co-sponsoring a new charitable campaign called "Change A
 Child's Life."  Nationally, the campaign proceeds will be donated to the Dave
 Thomas Foundation for Adoption.  Locally, the proceeds raised through the
 forty West Michigan Wendy's restaurants will benefit the St. John's Home.  The
 St. John's Home, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is the area's award-
 winning, non-denominational, non-profit children's home.
     St. John's Home provides many vital services and emergency shelter through
 a caring home-like environment for the community's orphaned, battered, abused
 and emotionally troubled children.
     "This year our 'Change A Child's Life' charitable campaign is targeted to
 assist the St. John's Home in providing love, hope and human dignity to
 hundreds of West Michigan children who become victims through no fault of
 their own," stated Mr. Schermer.  "We look forward to the continued
 outstanding Wendy's customer and crew support this holiday season in efforts
 to raise donations for the St. John's Home so they may change many children's
 lives," added Mr. Schermer.
     Meritage operates 34 Wendy's restaurants throughout Western and Southern
 Michigan, serving over 6.5 million customers annually.  The Wendy's franchise
 system is the third largest quick-service restaurant hamburger chain in the
 world with 5,500 total units and system-wide sales in excess of $7.1 billion.
 
 

SOURCE Meritage Hospitality Group Inc.
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Meritage Hospitality Group
 Inc. (Amex:   MHG), the nation's only publicly traded Wendy's franchisee, today
 announced that on behalf of 40 Wendy's franchised restaurants located in
 Southwest Michigan, the Company has presented $117,000 to West Michigan food
 banks.
     Honoring a ten-year charitable contribution effort with Fox-17, Wendy's
 restaurants across Southwestern Michigan donated a record $117,000 to feed
 needy families in West Michigan.  Meritage Hospitality Group presented the
 gift on behalf of its Wendy's customers and employees.  "We are overwhelmed by
 the generosity of our Wendy's customers and store crews who collected these
 donations during the holidays," stated Robert Schermer, Jr., Meritage's Chief
 Executive Officer.  "With this year's record breaking donation, Wendy's
 customers and crews helped feed more than 200,000 needy people here in West
 Michigan," added Mr. Schermer.  The $117,000 donation was provided to the food
 banks servicing the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Battle Creek areas.
 
     LOOKING AHEAD: 2001
     During the 2001 holiday season, Meritage and Pepsi-Cola Company have
 announced they are co-sponsoring a new charitable campaign called "Change A
 Child's Life."  Nationally, the campaign proceeds will be donated to the Dave
 Thomas Foundation for Adoption.  Locally, the proceeds raised through the
 forty West Michigan Wendy's restaurants will benefit the St. John's Home.  The
 St. John's Home, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is the area's award-
 winning, non-denominational, non-profit children's home.
     St. John's Home provides many vital services and emergency shelter through
 a caring home-like environment for the community's orphaned, battered, abused
 and emotionally troubled children.
     "This year our 'Change A Child's Life' charitable campaign is targeted to
 assist the St. John's Home in providing love, hope and human dignity to
 hundreds of West Michigan children who become victims through no fault of
 their own," stated Mr. Schermer.  "We look forward to the continued
 outstanding Wendy's customer and crew support this holiday season in efforts
 to raise donations for the St. John's Home so they may change many children's
 lives," added Mr. Schermer.
     Meritage operates 34 Wendy's restaurants throughout Western and Southern
 Michigan, serving over 6.5 million customers annually.  The Wendy's franchise
 system is the third largest quick-service restaurant hamburger chain in the
 world with 5,500 total units and system-wide sales in excess of $7.1 billion.
 
 SOURCE  Meritage Hospitality Group Inc.