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Phoenix, AZ (February 22, 2010) — The struggle to put dinner on the table is a reality for an estimated 37 million Americans today. This growing epidemic affects 14 million children, who live in homes where their chance of getting nutritionally adequate and safe foods is uncertain due to a lack of money and other resources, according to the US Census Bureau.1
St. Mary’s Food Bank and The Pampered Chef are working together to fight hunger in Arizona. Judy Kittoe, local Independent Pampered Chef Consultant, presented a check for $5,885.19 equaling 41, 195 meals to St. Mary’s Food Bank. These funds represent a portion of the 10 million pounds of food donated by The Pampered Chef’s Round-Up from the Heart® charitable giving campaign that raises funds for Feeding America®.

“The funds donated through the year-long Round-Up from the Heart campaign help Feeding America’s network of food banks obtain and distribute food and grocery products to local communities and individuals in need,” said Vicki Escarra, chief executive officer of Feeding America. “Every donation, no matter the size, adds up to help feed millions through this program.”

Every Dollar Helps
Since 1991, Pampered Chef Independent Consultants and customers have raised more than $16 million dollars to fight America’s growing hunger problem through the Round-Up from the Heart campaign.

“The goal of Round-Up from the Heart is to make certain that every person has a place at the table,” said Marla Gottschalk, chief executive officer of The Pampered Chef. “With the affects of the current economy still being felt across the nation, we want to do our part to provide families with affordable meal options. In addition to offering budget-conscious recipes and products for family mealtime solutions, our Round-Up from the Heart program helps make sure there is food available to those who need it.”

Two Ways to Get Involved
Throughout the year, Pampered Chef Independent Consultants give people the opportunity to help end hunger in America through the company’s annual Round-Up from the Heart campaign. To contribute to the campaign, customers can:

-Give a Gift With Heart. The Pampered Chef will donate $2 to Feeding America for every limited-edition trivet purchased. The beautiful heart-shaped copper trivet is perfect for gift-giving as well as decorating or protecting countertop surfaces. The $2 donation provides a child with two-weeks worth of lunches.

-Round-Up to Give Back. Whether it’s a few cents or several dollars, all contributions add up when $1 equals nine pounds of food or seven meals. When placing an order, all customers have an opportunity to round-up their order to the nearest dollar or more. These donations are designated to benefit the nearest Feeding America food bank.
To learn more about the Round-Up from the Heart campaign, find a Consultant in your area or schedule a Cooking Show, contact Judy Kittoe at 602-867-4675 or visit:

About The Pampered Chef
The Pampered Chef is the premier direct seller of high quality kitchen tools and part of Berkshire Hathaway. At in-home Cooking Shows, guests see and try products, prepare and sample recipes, and learn quick and easy food preparation techniques and tips on how to entertain with style and ease — transforming the simple to the spectacular. For more information call 1-800-266-5562 or visit Like us on Facebook at

About Feeding America
Feeding America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, our network members supply food to more than 37 million Americans each year, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks support 61,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms. For more information on how you can fight hunger in your community and across the country, visit Find us on Facebook at or follow our news on Twitter at
The Pampered Chef, Round-Up from the Heart and Feeding America are registered trademarks.


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  1. Great post! Thank you, St. Mary’s Food Bank and The Pampered Chef, for your dedication, commitment, passion and support 🙂

    Feeding America

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