SOURCE: The Pampered Chef

September 18, 2007 07:30 ET

The Pampered Chef® Raises $1.4 Million for Food Banks Across the Nation

Setting Approximately 21 Million Meals at the Table for Hungry Men, Women, Children and Seniors This Year

ADDISON, IL--(Marketwire - September 18, 2007) - An estimated 35.1 million Americans -- 12.4 million of them children -- live in homes where their chance of getting nutritionally adequate and safe foods is uncertain due to a lack of money and other resources, according to the USDA.(1)

"Hunger reaches into every community in this country," said Vicki Escarra, President and CEO of the America's Second Harvest®--The Nation's Food Bank Network™. "Our goal is to increase the number of people we serve, and to do this we need to expand our reach and get more Americans to become a part of the solution."

Since 1991, Pampered Chef® Independent Consultants and customers have raised more than $12 million to fight America's growing hunger problem through the Round-Up from the Heart® campaign. The $1.4 million that will be donated to America's Second Harvest® this year will help provide approximately 21 million meals. This donation marks the most successful year in the history of the campaign.

"At The Pampered Chef, we have a vision of ensuring that everyone has a place at the table," said Doris Christopher, founder and chairman, The Pampered Chef, Ltd. "With the support of an independent sales force of 60,000 and an annual customer base of 12 million, the Round-Up from the Heart campaign allows us to reach out to those in need in communities across the United States."

Every Dollar Helps

Throughout the year, Pampered Chef® Independent Consultants give millions of people the opportunity to help end hunger in America through the company's annual Round-Up from the Heart® campaign. To contribute to the campaign, customers can:

--  Purchase a Round-Up from the Heart® 2007 Trivet. The Pampered Chef®
    will donate $2 to America's Second Harvest® for every limited-edition
    trivet purchased. The beautiful copper trivet is perfect for
    gift giving as well as decorating or protecting countertop surfaces.

    -- Durable cast iron design provides sturdy support

    -- Copper finish adds a touch of elegance

    -- Synthetic rubber feet protect surfaces from heat and walls from
       marks

--  Round Up the Show Order. Whether it's a few cents or several dollars,
    all contributions add up when every dollar helps bring approximately 15
    meals to the table. All round-up donations benefit America's Second
    Harvest® food banks in the community where the Show takes place.

"Over the years we've seen contributions from The Pampered Chef® grow from hundreds to millions of dollars, it's remarkable!" said Escarra.

The Pampered Chef® is the first promotional partner of the America's Second Harvest® Network. For more about the Round-Up from the Heart® campaign or other Pampered Chef® charitable giving programs, go to www.pamperedchef.com.

The Pampered Chef®, founded in 1980 by Doris K. Christopher and now part of the Berkshire Hathaway family of businesses, is the premier direct seller of high quality kitchen tools. At in-home cooking demonstrations, called Cooking Shows, guests see products and recipes in action, learn quick and easy food preparation techniques and receive tips on how to entertain with style and ease -- transforming the simple to the spectacular. For more information call 1-800-266-5562 or visit www.pamperedchef.com.

America's Second Harvest® -- The Nation's Food Bank Network™ is the largest charitable domestic hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through its network of more than 200 member food banks, America's Second Harvest annually provides assistance to more than 25 million people in need, including more than 9 million children and nearly 3 million seniors in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Each year, America's Second Harvest secures and distributes more than 2 billion pounds of food and grocery products to support feeding programs at approximately 50,000 local charitable agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after-school programs, and Kids Cafes. To learn more, please visit www.secondharvest.org.

(1) USDA/ERS, Household Food Security in the United States: 2005

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