The Belle Center

PEPSICO TEAMS WITH FEED THE CHILDREN TO PROVIDE FOR BUFFALO FAMILIES IN NEED

PEPSICO TEAMS WITH FEED THE CHILDREN TO PROVIDE FOR BUFFALO FAMILIES IN NEED

Buffalo, New York – July 18, 2012– Feed The Children, PepsiCo and Tops Friendly Markets are partnering with The Buffalo Dream Center, The Belle Center & Buffalo AmeriCorps to deliver 3 semi tractor-trailers full of food and essentials to help 1200 families in Buffalo. The distribution is taking place 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. July 25, 2012 at The Belle Center located at 104 Maryland St. Buffalo, NY 14201.

Longtime Feed The Children supporter PepsiCo is generously donating products along with Tops Friendly Markets. Buffalo area employees from these companies, Buffalo AmeriCorps, the FBI-Federal Bureau of Investigation, Erie County Sheriff’s Mounted Unit and others will donate their time to help distribute boxes of food and products to families.

The Buffalo Dream Center and The Belle Center pre-identified families to receive the boxes. Each family will receive a 25-pound box of food, a 10-pound box of personal care items and a box of Avon products. The boxes are designed to help a family of four up to one week.

The distribution is part of Feed The Children’s Americans Feeding Americans Caravan, which has helped more than 300,000 families across the country since it began in 2009.

More than one in three children living in Buffalo (41.7 percent) is at risk of hunger. The number of impoverished children living in New York (881,663) could fill Ralph Wilson Stadium more than 12 times.
"We sincerely appreciate the tremendous contribution by PepsiCo, Tops Friendly Market and their employees to help children and families in Buffalo,” said Tony Sellars, spokesperson for Feed The Children. "Our Americans Feeding Americans project is geared toward people who are still being affected by the economic downturn, including many who until recently considered themselves middle class. A lot of these people for the first time in their lives have not been able to provide for their families and this distribution will provide relief for them at a crucial time.”

To see the impact of Feed The Children’s Americans Feeding Americans Caravan in your area visit www.AmericansFeedingAmericans.org .

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Feed The Children:
Founded in 1979, Feed The Children is consistently ranked as one of the 10 largest international charities in the U.S., based on private, non-government support. Our mission is providing hope and resources for those without life’s essentials. In FY 2010, Feed The Children distributed more than 133 million pounds of food and other essentials to children and their families in all 50 states and internationally. For more information, visit www.feedthechildren.org

About PepsiCo:
PepsiCo offers the world's largest portfolio of billion-dollar food and beverage brands, including 19 different product lines that generate more than $1 billion in annual retail sales each. Our main businesses -- Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay, and Pepsi Cola -- also make hundreds of other enjoyable and wholesome foods and beverages that are respected household names throughout the world. With net revenues of approximately $60 billion, PepsiCo’s people are united by our unique commitment to sustainable growth by investing in a healthier future for people and our planet, which we believe also means a more successful future for PepsiCo. We call this commitment Performance with Purpose: PepsiCo’s promise to provide a wide range of foods and beverages for local tastes; to find innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment, including by conserving energy and water usage, and reducing packaging volume; to provide a great workplace for our associates; and to respect, support, and invest in the local communities where we operate. For more information, please visit http://www.pepsico.com/

About The Buffalo Dream Center:
Since 1994 the Buffalo Dream Center has been actively involved in changing the lives of economically disadvantaged people residing in Buffalo. Its services include several free programs for children and youth, a mobile food pantry, home visits, holiday distributions, large scale food and personal distributions, neighborhood beautification, furniture and household essentials distributions, mentoring, tutoring, and seniors programs. In 2011 more than 7,000 households were reached through one or more programs offered by the Buffalo Dream Center.

About The Belle Center:
The Belle Center is a non-profit community center that bridges the gaps to success for youth and families. Headquartered on the Lower West Side of Buffalo, NY The Belle Center has over three decades of service to the community. It provides over 15 premier programs and services to the citizens of Western New York. Our vision is to: “improve lives, create opportunities and foster self-sufficiency” for the hundreds of youth & families who frequent The Center on a daily basis. Our Center offers services with the flexibility to grow along with our children and youth. For more information join us for one of our bi-weekly tours, visit: www.thebellecenter.org/tours.