Rent-A-Center Donates $20,000 to Food Lifeline

Monday, November 21, 2011

Donation Part of $250,000 Earmarked for 11 Food Banks across the U.S.

Regional Rent-A-Center managers present Food Lifeline’s Director of Development with a
$20,000 corporate gift.  Photo courtesy Food Lifeline.

Rent-A-Center has donated $20,000 to Food Lifeline, the largest hunger relief organization in Washington State. The food bank is one of eleven across the nation sharing in $250,000 worth of Rent-a-Center funding for hunger relief this year.

“Rent-A Center’s generosity will allow Food Lifeline to provide an additional 66,000 meals to the people we serve,” said Linda Nageotte, president and CEO of Food Lifeline. “Their commitment to feeding hungry people is greatly appreciated and demonstrates the positive impact our corporate partners can have on the communities in which they operate.”

The donation is in addition to the recent hunger-relief initiative staged across Rent-A-Center’s 3000-plus stores. Dubbed “Soup to Nuts,” this campaign took place in September in support of Hunger Action Month. It saw Rent-A-Center stores serve as collection points for cans of soup, jars of peanut butter and other canned goods. The donated food products were delivered to hunger-relief partners such as senior centers, homeless shelters, daycare centers and churches.

“In challenging economic times, it is especially gratifying to support the communities we serve,” said Mitch Fadel, president and COO of Rent-A-Center and a board member of the North Texas Food Bank.

Rent-A-Center, Inc., headquartered in Plano, Texas, currently operates approximately 3,000 company-owned stores nationwide and in Canada and Puerto Rico. The stores offer name brand, durable goods such as major consumer electronics, appliances, computers, furniture and accessories under flexible rental-purchase agreements that generally allow the customer to obtain ownership of the merchandise at the conclusion of an agreed upon rental period.

Food Lifeline is a local hunger relief organization, efficiently serving the Western Washington area by using 96% of revenue to directly feed hungry people. Last year the organization delivered more than 24 million meals to hungry people through its network of nearly 300 food banks, meal programs and shelters. Food Lifeline is also a member of the national organization, Feeding America. For more information about Food Lifeline or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit the website or call 206-545-6600.


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