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Eat'n Park Hospitality Group Donates $40,000 to Food Bank Program
$40,000 Grant Helps Serve Pittsburgh-area Neighborhood’s Food Bank Farm Stands, Nutritional Education Drives Program Among Consumers

Pittsburgh ­– October 11, 2010 – The Eat’n Park Hospitality Group is expanding its support of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank by providing a $40,000 grant to supply additional high quality, locally grown vegetables to Food Bank Farm Stand consumers throughout the growing season, as well as to defray costs associated with the Farm Stand Project.

Since July, the company’s grant has helped underwrite and enhance the Food Bank’s Farm Stand Project, which serves 13 low-income neighborhoods in Pittsburgh with high-quality, nutritious food, as well as education and cooking demonstrations showing how to prepare healthy recipes.

Eat’n Park’s work with the Farm Stands is an extension of the chain’s popular FarmSource program – a comprehensive program to support local farmers by incorporating fresh fruits and produce into the menus of Eat’n Park Restaurants as well as its Parkhurst and Cura locations – resulting in more than $17 million in produce being purchased from local farmers to date.

“The health and wellness of the Pittsburgh community is important to us,” said Brooks Broadhurst, senior vice president, Food & Beverage, Eat’n Park Restaurants. “We thought a grant would further help bring healthy food to communities that need it most.”  Farm Stand produce is purchased locally from Harvest Valley Farms, Soergel Orchards, Wexford Farms and Greenawalt Farms, as well as others around Western Pennsylvania. 

“The Food Bank has always been concerned with the quality and nutritional value of the food we distribute,” said Joyce Rothermel, CEO of the Food Bank. “Making more produce available is a core strategy of that goal. This boost in Farm Stand resources from Eat’n Park is providing not just food, but critical, nutritious food to an underserved community.”

Eat’n Park’s support of the Farm Stand also aims to educate consumers about the importance of nutritious food.  Volunteer chefs from Eat’n Park Hospitality Group are conducting cooking demonstrations at some of the stands in order to educate consumers about healthy cooking. Launched in the peak of the season during late August, three demonstrations have already taken place and will continue through November.  These demonstrations provide interesting, healthy recipes, which utilize the produce available at the stand on that day.

The Farm Stands serve communities that have little or no access to fresh produce from a full service grocery store or Farmer’s Market.  A complete list of Food Bank Farm Stand locations and operating hours can be found on the Food Bank’s website:www.pittsburghfoodbank.org/pdf/farmstandschedule.pdf.

About Eat'n Park Hospitality Group:

Eat’n Park Hospitality Group is a portfolio of foodservice concepts focused on personalized dining.  The restaurant division includes Eat’n Park Restaurants and Six Penn Kitchen, a neighborhood American bistro.  Its contract foodservice division includes: Parkhurst Dining Services, a provider of contract dining services to businesses, higher education institutions and cultural centers; and CURA Hospitality; which enhances life around great food through contract dining and management services for regional hospitals and senior living facilities.

Since 1949, Pittsburgh-based Eat'n Park Restaurants has been a family-owned restaurant chain, serving guests across Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. At the heart of Eat’n Park are more than 8,000 team members committed to providing friendly, attentive service and supporting a growing number of community initiatives, including an annual fundraising campaign that has generated more than $7 million for children’s hospitals.  Eat’n Park also donates more than 200,000 Smiley Cookies – the brand’s iconic symbol – every year to support community events and fundraisers.                                         

Contact:

Brooks Broadhurst                                            
Eat’n Park Restaurants
412-461-2000, office     

Eat'n Park Hospitality Group Donates $40,000 to Food Bank Program
$40,000 Grant Helps Serve Pittsburgh-area Neighborhood’s Food Bank Farm Stands, Nutritional Education Drives Program Among Consumers

Pittsburgh ­– October 11, 2010 – The Eat’n Park Hospitality Group is expanding its support of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank by providing a $40,000 grant to supply additional high quality, locally grown vegetables to Food Bank Farm Stand consumers throughout the growing season, as well as to defray costs associated with the Farm Stand Project.

Since July, the company’s grant has helped underwrite and enhance the Food Bank’s Farm Stand Project, which serves 13 low-income neighborhoods in Pittsburgh with high-quality, nutritious food, as well as education and cooking demonstrations showing how to prepare healthy recipes.

Eat’n Park’s work with the Farm Stands is an extension of the chain’s popular FarmSource program – a comprehensive program to support local farmers by incorporating fresh fruits and produce into the menus of Eat’n Park Restaurants as well as its Parkhurst and Cura locations – resulting in more than $17 million in produce being purchased from local farmers to date.

“The health and wellness of the Pittsburgh community is important to us,” said Brooks Broadhurst, senior vice president, Food & Beverage, Eat’n Park Restaurants. “We thought a grant would further help bring healthy food to communities that need it most.”  Farm Stand produce is purchased locally from Harvest Valley Farms, Soergel Orchards, Wexford Farms and Greenawalt Farms, as well as others around Western Pennsylvania. 

“The Food Bank has always been concerned with the quality and nutritional value of the food we distribute,” said Joyce Rothermel, CEO of the Food Bank. “Making more produce available is a core strategy of that goal. This boost in Farm Stand resources from Eat’n Park is providing not just food, but critical, nutritious food to an underserved community.”

Eat’n Park’s support of the Farm Stand also aims to educate consumers about the importance of nutritious food.  Volunteer chefs from Eat’n Park Hospitality Group are conducting cooking demonstrations at some of the stands in order to educate consumers about healthy cooking. Launched in the peak of the season during late August, three demonstrations have already taken place and will continue through November.  These demonstrations provide interesting, healthy recipes, which utilize the produce available at the stand on that day.

The Farm Stands serve communities that have little or no access to fresh produce from a full service grocery store or Farmer’s Market.  A complete list of Food Bank Farm Stand locations and operating hours can be found on the Food Bank’s website:www.pittsburghfoodbank.org/pdf/farmstandschedule.pdf.

About Eat'n Park Hospitality Group:

Eat’n Park Hospitality Group is a portfolio of foodservice concepts focused on personalized dining.  The restaurant division includes Eat’n Park Restaurants and Six Penn Kitchen, a neighborhood American bistro.  Its contract foodservice division includes: Parkhurst Dining Services, a provider of contract dining services to businesses, higher education institutions and cultural centers; and CURA Hospitality; which enhances life around great food through contract dining and management services for regional hospitals and senior living facilities.

Since 1949, Pittsburgh-based Eat'n Park Restaurants has been a family-owned restaurant chain, serving guests across Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. At the heart of Eat’n Park are more than 8,000 team members committed to providing friendly, attentive service and supporting a growing number of community initiatives, including an annual fundraising campaign that has generated more than $7 million for children’s hospitals.  Eat’n Park also donates more than 200,000 Smiley Cookies – the brand’s iconic symbol – every year to support community events and fundraisers.                                         

Contact:

Brooks Broadhurst                                            
Eat’n Park Restaurants
412-461-2000, office