Amid family gatherings and festive meals, many Americans won't realize that one in eight people in this country will spend the holidays wondering how they'll find their next meal. To help address the hunger problem, Chinet® brand and Feeding America®, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity, are partnering with actress Marcia Cross to launch Grateful Platefuls, an online initiative to raise awareness for hunger relief, while encouraging customers to reflect on the things that make them grateful.
Through Grateful Platefuls, Huhtamaki, makers of Chinet, will donate $100,000 to Feeding America, which will provide 700,000 meals to Americans at risk of hunger. Consumers can help activate the donation by sharing what they're grateful for at Facebook.com/myChinet. At the site, visitors can customize their message by selecting a plate for serving up their gratitude, and have the option to upload a photo. Every"grateful" entry submitted on the Grateful Plateful Facebook page will activate a donation of seven meals to Feeding America.
"There is so much to be grateful for during the holidays and we need to recognize the opportunities we have to give to others," said Cross."I encourage people to visit the Grateful Platefuls page on Facebook and share their gratitude, because it only takes a few clicks of a mouse to make a real difference in the lives of people in need."
"We're glad to have the support of Marcia Cross in raising awareness for the critical need of hunger relief," said Julie Stoetzer, marketing manager for Huhtamaki, the makers of Chinet. "Feeding America has a long history of helping those at risk of hunger and we are optimistic that consumers will take this opportunity, not only to help others, but also to reflect on how fortunate they are and contribute in other ways."
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Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.