PPG donates $6,000 to Wichita Falls Area Food Bank
Funding supports expansion of Kids Cafe childhood hunger program
WICHITA FALLS, Texas, June 20, 2008 –
|Mike Derr, plant manager for PPG Industries' glass manufacturing facility in Wichita Falls, presented a $6,000 donation from the PPG Industries Foundation to Wichita Falls Area Food Bank Childhood Hunger Coordinator Kari Leslie (center) and Executive Director Mary Stengel. |
PPG Industries Foundation has donated $6,000 to the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank to help expand its Kids Cafe childhood hunger program in Wichita County.
"We are very pleased to receive support from PPG to help us grow this important program," said Mary Stengel, executive director, Wichita Falls Area Food Bank. "The funding is helping us to expand the program from one to six Kids Cafe sites in Wichita County, so we’ll be able to provide nutritious meals and snacks to as many as 550 children every day."
Kids Cafe is a national program developed by America's Second Harvest to feed hungry children in safe places where they naturally gather, such as the Burkburnett Boys & Girls Club where the Wichita County program began in 2005. Daily meals and snacks are supplemented with activities conducted by staff to teach children about health and nutrition, meal planning, making appropriate food choices, preparing meals for themselves, and food safety.
“PPG is strongly committed to supporting the communities where its employees work and live,” said Mike Derr, plant manager at PPG’s glass manufacturing facility in Wichita Falls. “We are proud to support the food bank in its efforts to feed more and more impoverished children in North Texas through the Kids Café program.”About Wichita Falls Area Food Bank
Started in 1982, the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank distributes nearly 2 million pounds of food annually in 13 North Texas counties (Archer, Baylor, Clay, Foard, Hardeman, Haskell, Knox, Jack, Montague, Throckmorton, Wichita, Wilbarger and Young). The organization's motto is "Preventing Hunger by Preventing Waste," which it does by salvaging food and distributing it through more than 110 qualified member agencies that provide it to needy families and individuals. During fiscal year 2007, member agencies served 696,840 meals and 424,351 snacks, and 44,881 households representing 136,015 people were provided with emergency food boxes. For more information, visit WFAreafoodbank.org
Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, chemicals, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber glass. The company has more than 150 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates and operates in more than 60 countries. PPG’s sales in 2007 were $11.2 billion. SigmaKalon, a worldwide coatings producer based in Uithoorn, Netherlands, that PPG acquired Jan. 2, 2008, had 2007 sales of $2.9 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com
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