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StarKist® Fights Child Hunger With $100,000 Donation To Feed The Children

2018 Partnership Kicks-off With Community Event at Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club

PITTSBURGH, July 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- StarKist®, a food company that provides trusted, healthy seafood and chicken in the United States, is proud to continue its partnership with Feed the Children with a $100,000 donation to the nonprofit dedicated to relieving child hunger. In addition, the company will be donating nutritious and protein-packed products for Feed the Children's community events throughout 2018.

StarKist has been a proud supporter of Feed the Children since 2009, and has contributed more than $1.5 million dollars in tuna product help to children and families across the U.S. and an additional estimated $400,000 for disaster and emergency response efforts over the past few years.

"Feed the Children brings hope and makes a real difference for children and families in need, and we are excited and honored to continue our partnership with the impactful organization," said Andrew Choe, StarKist President and CEO. "It is our duty as a leading brand to address the issues of child poverty and hunger. StarKist hopes to alleviate child hunger in surrounding areas through providing nutritious and shelf-stable protein to those living in deprivation." 

The partnership will officially kick-off in Los Angeles on Thursday, July 19 for the organization's first "Feed & Read" event. Those who attend will be given backpacks filled with toys, learning kits, and nutritional snack items including StarKist Tuna, Salmon and Chicken Creations Pouches. There will also be additional educational products and food donated by Mattel, Healthy Times, Clif Bar & Company and Dole.  As a result of StarKist's donation, the Los Angeles event will truly be a "Christmas in July" for the kids and families. Another event is scheduled in StarKist's hometown of Pittsburgh, Pa, on Tuesday, July 24, where StarKist employees will fill 500 backpacks with school supplies and snacks as part of the company's Backpack Program. The backpacks will be distributed to children in need within the Pittsburgh community, and additional funds received will be used for upcoming disaster relief.

"We believe that no child should go to bed hungry in a land where there is plenty of food," said Travis Arnold, Feed the Children president and CEO. "But the reality is, millions of boys and girls, right here in our own backyard, face this hardship every day. Thanks to our partnership with StarKist, we are able to help these families rest a little easier knowing they do not have to worry about where their next meal is coming from."

About Feed the Children
Established in 1979, Feed the Children exists to defeat childhood hunger. It is one of the largest U.S.-based charities and serves those in need in the U.S. and in 10 countries around the world. It provides food, education initiatives, essentials and disaster response. It operates five distribution centers located in Oklahoma, Indiana, California, Tennessee and Pennsylvania.

In fiscal year 2017, Feed the Children distributed 79.8 million pounds of food and essentials to children and families in the U.S. Internationally, it provided nutritious food or other benefits to 1,080,000 children, empowered 291,000 parents to make better decisions for their children, and positively impacted more than 1,200 communities and schools in 10 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. It is accredited by GuideStar Exchange and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. Visit feedthechildren.org for more information.

About StarKist 
StarKist Co. is a food company that provides trusted, healthy, and shelf-stable seafood products in the United States. An industry innovator, StarKist was the first brand to introduce StarKist single-serve pouch products, which include Tuna Creations® and Salmon Creations®.  As America's favorite tuna, StarKist represents a tradition of quality, consumer trust and a commitment to sustainability. StarKist's charismatic brand icon, Charlie® the Tuna, swam into the hearts of tuna fans in 1961 and is still a fan favorite today. StarKist Co. is a subsidiary of the Dongwon Group.

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