Chinet® Brand and Feeding America® Partner with Marcia Cross to Relieve Hunger

November 12, 2009

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 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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About Feeding America

Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 40 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and 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. Visit, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Chinet® Brand

Made in America since the 1930s, Chinet disposable tableware has a long history of making strong plates and even stronger memories as friends and family gather. Chinet products give you the strength and style you depend on with the added peace of mind that you're using environmentally friendly products. For more information about the Chinet family of products, visit