Rent-A-Center, Inc. (NASDAQ/NGS: RCII), the nation's largest rent-to-own
operator, today donated $15,000, eight freezers, and two refrigerators
to Harvesters-The Community Food Network. The appliances are earmarked
for partner agencies of the food bank.
The Kansas City-based food bank is one of eleven across the nation
sharing in $255,000 worth of Rent-A-Center funding for hunger relief
The donation is in addition to the grassroots hunger-relief campaign
being staged across Rent-A-Center's 3,000-plus U.S. stores throughout
September. Dubbed "Soup to Nuts" and in support of Hunger Action Month,
this virtual food drive leverages Rent-A-Center stores as collection
points for cash donations. The donated funds will be distributed to food
banks across the country at the conclusion of the month-long campaign.
"Harvesters' mission is to feed hungry people, and we work to provide
th healthiest food available," said Harvesters President and CEO
Valerie Nicholson-Watson. "Rent-A-Center's generous donation and the
gift of refrigerators and freezers make it possible for more of our
agencies to safely handle fresh produce and other healthy perishable
foods their clients want and need."
Rent-A-Center, headquartered in Plano, Texas, operates more than 3,000
stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico. The Company
employs over 21,000 coworkers. Learn more at www.rentacenter.com.
About Harvesters-The Community Food Network
Harvesters is a regional food bank and was Feeding America's 2011 Food
Bank of the Year. Serving a 26-county area of northwestern
Missouri and northeastern Kansas, Harvesters provides food and related
household products to more than 620 not-for-profit agencies including
emergency food pantries, community kitchens, shelters and others.
Agencies in Harvesters' network provide food assistance to as many as
141,500 different people each month. Harvesters, which was founded in
1979, is a certified member of Feeding America, a nationwide network of
more than 200 food banks, serving all 50 states. For more information,
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