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Shared Harvest, Junior Achievement Receive White Castle Community Fund Dollars

Cincinnati Fast Food Restaurants Makes Positive Impact to Community

Cincinnati, OH, December 16, 2006 --( During a brief ceremony at their Cincinnati regional headquarters, Greater Cincinnati White Castle executives presented checks to Shared Harvest and to Junior Achievement as part of their Community Relations Fund. The executives also accepted top fundraising honors from Junior Achievement.

For every dollar contributed to Shared Harvest Foodbank, the group is able to provide $10 worth of groceries to families who would otherwise go without. “Our partnership with White Castle over the past few years has generated over $90,000 worth of groceries for people in need,” says Tina Osso, executive director of Shared Harvest Foodbank.

In partnership with the public and private sectors, Shared Harvest Foodbank, collects, warehouses, transports and distributes contributions of wholesome surplus food and other grocery style products to 100+ charities in five southwestern Ohio counties which provide either hot meals or bags of groceries to people in emergency need. This charitable emergency food distribution network collectively serves 8,500 families each month who lack adequate resources to feed themselves and their children. In 2005, Shared Harvest distributed over 8.4 million pounds of food.

Also at the ceremony, White Castle accepted three awards from Junior Achievement, including Top Fundraising Company. White Castle has been participating in the Junior Achievement ‘Bowl-A-Thon since 2004 and has been donating to Junior Achievement since 1970. For the 2006 Fall Bowl-A-Thon, White Castle employees raised nearly $6,000. “This translates to over 180 kids that will receive the JA program,” JA president John Weil said. Junior Achievement is a non-profit organization that teaches economic and free enterprise education to school-aged children.

Junior Achievement also awarded White Castle’s Pat Lewis as Top Company Coordinator and White Castle was named Best Fundraising Team.

According to White Castle district supervisor Tommy Loveberry, the Castles have a long standing tradition of helping out in the community through the talents and hard work of their employees, and in helping to raise dollars for those in need of assistance. “From our coffee brigades, to our work with Toys for Tots, the Salvation Army and these deserving groups, we are proud of our tradition of giving and helping where we can. We are members of this community and work, live and raise our families here. Together, every small step we collectively take will lead to a better journey for all of us and for Greater Cincinnati.”

The White Castle Community Fund is designed to provide local non profit organizations a way to apply for the generosity of the castles, and a 2007 Call for Papers will be issued in January with application details. Loveberry also added that coupon books are available for local schools and school groups that are tailor made to assist in raising dollars for their organizations. Interested parties should email for more information.

White Castle was founded in 1921 in Wichita, Kansas. The company owns and operates 400 units in 11 states and is considered to be the first fast food hamburger restaurant. Its unique steam-grilled hamburger is the featured ingredient in the company's third recipe book, "By the Sackful: Recipes from 85 Years of White Castle Craving," now on sale via or in select bookstores. Proceeds from the book go to Turkeys4America.


Editors Notes:

More information can be accessed at:

Junior Achievement
9631 Allen Road
West Chester, OH 45069
513.346.7100 ext. 101

Shared Harvest Foodbank
5901 Dixie Highway
Fairfield, Ohio 45014-4207

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