Friday, August 31, 2007

Macy's & Bloomingdale's "Bag Hunger"

CINCINNATI— Food banks across the country are restocking empty shelves thanks to the 10.4 million pounds of food collected this summer through Bag Hunger, a national project of Partners in Time, the Macy’s employee volunteer program. Bag Hunger celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, and since the project began volunteers have collected food and equivalent donations to total more than 15,000 tons, or 30.1 million pounds, providing nearly 47 million meals for hungry families nationwide.

The company's divisional chief financial officers take on the additional role of "Chief Food Officers" for this effort, challenging their respective divisions to surpass prior year contributions. The Macy's Foundation is giving $10,000 in the four winners' names to their local hunger-relief agency partners. Employees of Macy's East, based in New York City, and Macy's Credit and Customer Services, based in Cincinnati, produced the largest increases over 2006. Volunteers from Macy's West, based in San Francisco, and Macy's Corporate Marketing, based in New York City, contributed the highest average pounds per person.

"All of our divisions pull out the stops for this project each year, but the real winners are the food banks and those they serve everyday," said Karen Hoguet, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Macy's, Inc. "Bag Hunger is just one of thousands of projects our employee volunteers develop each year. Our generous employees make a huge difference in the communities we serve and we are happy to support those organizations that do so much good locally and nationally."

Bag Hunger benefits nonprofits in more than 225 cities nationwide - many are affiliates of America's Second Harvest - The Nation's Food Bank Network, the largest domestic hunger-relief charity in the United States. Through Bag Hunger, Macy's, Bloomingdale's and Macy's, Inc. support division employees are providing a direct benefit to some of the 25 million Americans - including 9 million children who are hungry, especially during the summer when there is an increased demand for food.

Macy's, Inc., with corporate offices in Cincinnati and New York, is one of the nation's premier retailers, with fiscal 2006 sales of $27 billion. The company operates more than 850 department stores in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico under the names of Macy's and Bloomingdale's. Prior to June 1, 2007, Macy's, Inc. was known as Federated Department Stores, Inc.

More great work from the generous employees at Macy's. Including Bag hunger, the company's employee volunteers have given more than 1.3 million hours of community service, worth an estimated $22.4 million, since the program began 18 years ago.

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