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Muhammad Ali Center Peace Gardens Top 100 Worldwide As Program Kicks-Off Third Year of Offering School Garden Grants That Help Teach Children Multicultural Respect, Hunger Relief and Nutrition
Yum! Brands Foundation Underwrites Peace Garden Initiative as Extension of World Hunger Relief Effort through Partnership with National Gardening Association
Louisville, Kentucky - October 24, 2012 The Muhammad Ali Center is proud to announce its third annual “Muhammad Ali Center Peace Gardens” grant program. Since the program’s inception in 2010, over 100 garden projects in seven countries have been established, touching the lives of more than 10,000 children. Muhammad Ali Center Peace Gardens promote respect for different cultures, hunger relief and nutrition through gardening.
The program is funded by Yum! Brands Foundation. Yum! Brands’ commitment to the program includes $100,000 in awards to establish multicultural gardens in underprivileged schools through 2014, as well as contributions of educational materials and a classroom curriculum translated into six languages. The National Gardening Association, a recognized leader in the field, is providing assistance with curriculum development and the grant process.
Named after global humanitarian and sports icon, Muhammad Ali, the Peace Gardens program brings youth of different cultures together for a good cause. This year, fifty winners will be selected from around the globe to receive a $500 garden package to enhance or begin a garden program. Past recipients have included projects across the U.S., and in Pakistan, Mexico, Grenada, and Haiti to name a few.
“We are so proud to be part of this effort to bring gardens to communities in need,” says Michael Metallo, President and CEO of the National Gardening Association. “This collaboration has connected over 100 youth garden programs worldwide, giving students the opportunity to learn about different cultures while increasing their access to healthy foods.”
The initiative is based on a successful pilot program undertaken by the John F. Kennedy Montessori Elementary School in Louisville, Kentucky. The teacher-led project helped nearly 600 pre-school to fifth grade students from Asia, South America, Russia, Cuba, and the U.S., learn how to work across cultures to build gardens with plants from around the world. The students participated in every phase of the project, including planting, nurturing, harvesting, cooking and donating food to the hungry.
Donald Lassere, President and CEO of the Muhammad Ali Center, commented on the center’s dedication to the program. “The Ali Center, and the Alis themselves believe that the Peace Gardens initiative can have a lasting impact by bringing together youth in a unique and universal way. We’re confident that, through gardening, we can achieve greater cross-cultural understanding among this generation,” noted Lassere. “We are also pleased that this project brings youth closer to nature and provides a lesson on the value of giving back to their communities.”
“It’s wonderful to see that in just two years, there are now more than 100 Muhammad Ali Center Peace Gardens around the world,” said Amy Sherwood, Vice President, Public Relations, Yum! Brands, Inc. “Each garden is teaching valuable lessons that will stay with the children throughout their lives. They are not only learning the importance of respect, but also about nutrition and hunger relief, feeding those less fortunate,” added Sherwood.
The deadline to apply for a Muhammad Ali Center Peace Garden grant is January 2, 2013. Winners will be announced March 7, 2013. Apply Now at http://grants.kidsgardening.org/2013-muhammad-ali-center-peace-garden-grant.
About The Muhammad Ali Center
Muhammad Ali and his wife Lonnie founded the Muhammad Ali Center, a 501(c)3 organization, in 2005 and chose for their headquarters site, their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. The international multicultural center promotes the six core principles of Muhammad Ali (Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality) in ways that inspire personal and global greatness and provides programming and events around the focus areas of education, multiculturalism, gender equity, global citizenship, and compassion. Its newest initiative, Generation Ali, fosters a new generation of leaders to contribute positively to their communities and to change the world for the better. The Center’s headquarters also contains an award-winning museum experience. For more information, please visit www.alicenter.org.
About Yum! Brands and World Hunger Relief
Yum! Brands’ World Hunger Relief is the world’s largest private sector hunger relief effort, spanning more than 120 countries, over 38,000 KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants and more than 1 million employees and franchise associates. The campaign raises awareness, volunteerism and funds for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and other hunger relief agencies.
Since Yum! Brands’ World Hunger Relief launched in 2007, more than 1 million of the Company’s employees, franchisees and their families have volunteered millions of hours to aid hunger relief efforts in communities worldwide. The effort has raised $115 million for WFP and other hunger relief organizations and is helping to provide 460 million meals and save the lives of millions of people in remote corners of the world.
Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, is the world’s largest restaurant company in terms of system restaurants with over 38,000 restaurants in more than 120 countries and territories. Yum! is ranked #213 on the Fortune 500 List with revenues of more than $12 billion in 2011. The Company’s restaurant brands - KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell - are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories. Outside the United States, the Yum! Brands system opened approximately four new restaurants each day of the year, making it a leader in international retail development.
About The National Gardening Association
For forty years, National Gardening Association has been a national nonprofit leader in nature-based education, respected for its award-winning, information-rich websites and newsletters; grants, curricula, and resources for youth gardens; and research for the lawn and garden industry. NGA’s mission is to promote home, school, and community gardening as a means to renew and sustain essential connections between people, plants, and the environment. To learn more about gardening with children, please visit www.kidsgardening.org.
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Yum! News 2012
November 29, 2012 Yum! Brands Announces Full-Year 2013 Expectations; Reconfirms Full-Year 2012 EPS Growth Forecast of at least 13%; Will Host Investor Update Meeting Thursday, December 6, 2012
October 24, 2012 Muhammad Ali Center Peace Gardens Top 100 Worldwide As Program Kicks-Off Third Year of Offering School Garden Grants That Help Teach Children Multicultural Respect, Hunger Relief and Nutrition; Yum! Brands Foundation Underwrites Peace Garden Initiative as Extension of World Hunger Relief Effort through Partnership with National Gardening Association
October 3, 2012 World Food Programme Ambassador Christina Aguilera and Yum! Brands Chairman David Novak Honored at State Department with George McGovern Leadership Award
October 2, 2012 Yum! Brands Launches Defining Global Volunteer Movement; Hunger to Hope Volunteer Challenge Encourages Local Community Service
September 27, 2012 Yum! Brands, KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell Launch Annual World Hunger Relief Effort with Global Spokesperson Christina Aguilera Using Her Voice for Good in New Public Service Announcement; Aguilera Urges People to Help the Nearly 1 Billion Hungry Worldwide; Visit FromHungertoHope.com
September 25, 2012 Yum! China Celebrates 25th Anniversary and 4,000th KFC Restaurant; Milestone Spotlights Company’s Growth and Leading Position in China
September 24, 2012 Yum! Brands Receives Gold Award for Excellence for “Taking People With You” Employee Leadership Training Program from Prestigious Learning and Development Organization Brandon Hall Group; Building People Capability Drives Culture and Business at World’s Largest Restaurant Company
August 3, 2012 Yum! Brands Chairman and CEO David Novak Receives “2012 CEO of the Year” Honor from Chief Executive Magazine
August 1, 2012 Christina Aguilera Uses Voice for Good in New Public Service Announcement for Yum! Brands’ World Hunger Relief Effort This Fall
June 27, 2012 Chief Executive Magazine Names Yum! Brands’ Chairman and CEO David Novak 2012 CEO of the Year
April 30, 2012 Yum! Brands Inc. Promotes Carucci President and Grismer Chief Financial Officer
April 13, 2012 Tomorrow’s Leaders Find Solutions to Fight World Hunger Today by Leveraging Principles in Yum! Brands Chairman and CEO David Novak’s Bestselling Book: TAKING PEOPLE WITH YOU: The Only Way to Make BIG Things Happen
March 23, 2012 Yum! Brands Inc. Declares Quarterly Dividend of $0.285 per Share
January 6, 2012 Little Sheep Shareholders Approve Privatization Proposal
January 3, 2012 Yum! Brands Chairman and CEO David Novak Shares Break-Through Leadership Strategies in New Book, TAKING PEOPLE WITH YOU: The Only Way to Make BIG Things Happen
December 05, 2011 Yum! Brands Announces Full-Year 2012 Expectations; Raises 2011 EPS Growth Forecast to at least 13%, Excluding Special Items; Will Host Investor Update Meeting Wednesday, December 7, 2011