FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MALT-O-MEAL SERVES UP MILLION BOWLS PROGRAM TO BENEFIT N.C. FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
Company announces immediate donation of one million bowls of cereal, calls for N.C. consumers to match gift through purchase.
ASHEBORO, N.C.-September 29, 2009-To celebrate the grand opening of its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Asheboro, N.C., the Malt-O-Meal Company, the nation’s largest family owned cereal company, is sending out a call to North Carolinians to help combat hunger by participating in a new cereal donation program, Million Bowls®.
The company announced today at a grand opening ceremony that Malt-O-Meal is moving quickly to help urgent demand at North Carolina food banks by donating the first one million bowls. North Carolinians are now being challenged to step up to the bowl and match Malt-O-Meal’s donation by purchasing any variety of Malt-O-Meal cereal and registering their purchases online at www.MillionBowls.com to reach a donation goal of a second million servings of Malt-O-Meal cereals.
For every registered consumer purchase through the end of 2009, Malt-O-Meal will donate ten servings of cereal to North Carolina food banks. Hunger in North Carolina is a serious subject. Recent studies in North Carolina estimate 1.6 million people live in poverty, including more than 437,000 children and 117,300 seniors. Nearly one in every five children in North Carolina is categorized as either food insecure or hungry. Statewide demand for food assistance has increased 40 to 76 percent just in the last year. “Malt-O-Meal has a long-standing commitment to food banks,” says Chris Neugent, Malt-O-Meal President and CEO. “And to celebrate our newest plant opening in North Carolina, we’re honored to sponsor this program. Malt-O-Meal is in the business of feeding families, including those families that can’t afford to buy our cereals. And we look forward to sponsoring the Million Bowls program here annually to help our new neighbors here in North Carolina.” The new Asheboro facility created 133 jobs in the area, and is producing two brands of Malt-O-Meal ready-to-eat cereals, Malt-O-Meal® Frosted Mini Spooners® cereal and Malt-O-Meal® Frosted Flakes cereal. “Having a complete breakfast is the best way to begin each day. But obtaining enough high-quality cereal is always difficult for food shelves, and when we do have the inventory, our partner agencies go through it quickly,” says Clyde Fitzgerald, executive director, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina. “Malt-O-Meal’s commitment to share its cereal production with the state’s food banks is a very significant benefit to those who need food assistance. The Million Bowls partnership between North Carolina consumers and Malt-O-Meal will go a long way to helping us eradicate our serious problem of hunger.” Consumers can visit the more than 1200 North Carolina retail locations providing in-store merchandising support for Million Bowls, including Bi-Lo, Bargain Town, Dollar General, Family Dollar, Galaxy, IGA, Ingles, Lowes Foods, MDI-supplied independent grocery stores, Nash Finch-supplied independent grocery stores, Piggly Wiggly, Rite Aid, Super Target,Wal-Mart, Maxway, Pope’s, Roses, Super Dollar, Super 10, and Treasure Mart. Consumers can also track daily progress toward the program’s donation goal of 2,000,000 servings at www.MillionBowls.com, by becoming a fan at www.facebook.com/MaltOMeal and by following the program on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MaltOMealCereal. North Carolina food banks partnering in the Million Bowls program are all affiliates of Feeding America, the largest charitable domestic hunger-relief organization in the United States. They include MANNA FoodBank, Asheville; Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, Charlotte; Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina, Winston-Salem; Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina, Fayetteville; Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Raleigh; Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, Raleigh; and Food Bank of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City. These food banks support feeding programs at local charitable agencies, and serve all 100 counties in North Carolina, providing food for an estimated 1,098,200 people annually. Founded in 1919, Minneapolis-based Malt-O-Meal Company produces over 25 different ready-to-eat cereals, three varieties of Malt-O-Meal Hot Wheat cereal, and a full line of oatmeal products. In addition to the company’s production facilities in Minnesota, Utah, Iowa, and now, North Carolina, Malt-O-Meal operates distribution centers in Minnesota, Missouri, Utah, Tennessee and Pennsylvania. For more information on the company, including where to buy Malt-O-Meal cereals and how to join Cereal Central (an online community featuring tips on how to save money), visit www.maltomeal.com, become a fan at www.facebook.com/MaltOMealFanPage or you can follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MaltOMealCereal