291 Bakery Locations to Participate in Week-Long Event to End Childhood Hunger in America
DALLAS, TX, August 27, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Bruegger's Enterprises Inc. is pleased to announce their participation in Share Our Strength's Great American Dine Out, a week-long national restaurant event in cities across the United States. From September 20-26, 2009 thousands of restaurants, including Bruegger's, will join together to raise funds to help end childhood hunger in America. Millions of consumers play a vital role in this initiative as well; their choice to dine out at participating restaurants, from coffee shops to fine-dining establishments, will help feed children across America.
Each year, one in six children in America (more than 12 million) worry about how they will obtain their next meal. Share Our Strength is the leading organization working to end childhood hunger in America. Some 4,000 restaurants participated in first Great American Dine Out in 2008, raising more than half a million dollars through donations of restaurant sales for the week, direct donations from dining patrons and restaurant suppliers, plus money raised through promotions. To date, more than 1,200 restaurants have already signed up for the 2009 Great American Dine Out.
Bruegger's will participate for its first time in 2009 and will donate a portion of proceeds to promote Share our Strength's mission. More details will be available at www.brueggers.com or at any of the chain's 291 locations in 24 states and the District of Columbia.
"We make decisions every day to ensure that our bakeries are kid-friendly and that our menu options are healthy and a good value," said James J. Greco, CEO of Bruegger's. "We were eager to help expand Share Our Strength's program."
This year Food Network star Aaron McCargo, Jr. will serve as the spokesperson for the Great American Dine Out. The 2008 winner of "The Next Food Network Star" and host of his own Food Network show, Big Daddy's House, said: "As a dedicated father and passionate foodie, I feel truly blessed to be a part of Share Our Strength's Great American Dine Out. I hope that by sharing my love and knowledge of food, I can encourage families to participate in this worthwhile program to help end childhood hunger in America."
The Great American Dine Out is sponsored by Sysco, S.Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water, Ecolab, the Food Network, USA Today and The National Restaurant Association.
Bruegger's Enterprises, Inc., an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners, Inc., is a leader in the fast casual restaurant segment. Bruegger's is dedicated to serving delicious, wholesome food that brings guests back again and again. In 290 neighborhood bakery-cafes in 24 states and the District of Columbia, Bruegger's offers a warm, comfortable setting for guests to enjoy an affordable meal with family and friends. Famous for authentic New York-style, boiled and baked bagels, Bruegger's entire menu is free of trans-fats and features a Fair Trade Certified coffee everyday from Green Mountain Coffee . Bruegger's bakers use their expertise to bake bagels and an array of fresh breads including honey wheat, hearty white and the exclusive Softwich. Guests can count on innovative menu items, including unique cream cheese flavors, delicious breakfast sandwiches and wraps, hand-tossed salads, hearty soups, signature and custom order sandwiches and desserts. Founded in 1983, Bruegger's is headquartered in Burlington, Vermont and supports its neighbors in every community it serves.