McAlister's Deli Joins Share Our Strength's Great American Dine Out®

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McAlister's Deli 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.

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This program offers us a unique opportunity to not only raise funds for a great cause, but to also reward our guests for joining us in the fight to end childhood hunger. For a five dollar donation to Share Our Strength, guests can receive over 10 dollars in savings. It's a great way to bring our community together and to give back to our loyal customers.

McAlister's Deli 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 McAlister'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, more than 12 million children in America (one of every six) worry about when their next meal will come. Share Our Strength is the leading organization working to end childhood hunger in America.

The first Great American Dine Out in 2008 raised more than half a million dollars. 4,000 restaurants participated, from independent and family-owned establishments to large chains and restaurant groups. Donations of restaurant sales for the week, direct donations from dining patrons and restaurant suppliers, plus money raised through promotions, helped to make the program a success.

This year, restaurants have the flexibility to participate in a variety of new ways: some will donate a portion of sales for the week; others will promote a special menu item, a prix fix menu or will sell Share Our Strength promotional items to raise funds and encourage repeat business. McAlister's is participating by selling special coupons. For a five dollar donation, you receive 5 free cookie coupons as well as a five dollar gift to be used towards your next order at McAlister's.

To date, more than 1,200 restaurants have already signed up for the 2009 Great American Dine Out.

"McAlister's is excited to be a part of this year's event and plans to exceed our contribution from last year's Great American Dine Out, " said Annica Kreider, Vice President of Marketing at McAlister's Corporation. "This program offers us a unique opportunity to not only raise funds for a great cause, but to also reward our guests for joining us in the fight to end childhood hunger. For a five dollar donation to Share Our Strength, guests can receive over 10 dollars in savings. It's a great way to bring our community together and to give back to our loyal customers."

"We are asking millions of consumers and thousands of restaurants to help us fight childhood hunger," said Bill Shore, Founder of Share Our Strength. "We were heartened by the generosity and commitment of the restaurant industry and diners last year. Our hope is to continue this program every year until every child in America has access to nutritious food where they live, learn and play."

"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," said Aaron McCargo, Food Network star and Dine Out spokesman.

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.

About McAlister's Deli
McAlister's Corporation, headquartered in Ridgeland, Miss., is a quick-casual restaurant featuring efficient counter ordering, attentive table service, over 100 different high-quality, deli-style foods and great value. Currently, McAlister's Deli has over 285 restaurants operating in 22 states.

About Share Our Strength
Share Our Strength® is the leading national organization working to make sure no kid in America grows up hungry. We weave together a net of community groups, activists and food programs to catch children at risk of hunger and ensure they have nutritious food where they live, learn and play. We work with the culinary industry to create engaging, pioneering programs like Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation®, the nation's premier culinary benefit; Share Our Strength's Great American Bake Sale®, a national grassroots effort; Share Our Strength's A Tasteful Pursuit®, a touring dinner series; Share Our Strength's Great American Dine Out ®, a week-long program involving thousands of restaurants nationwide; and Share Our Strength's Operation Frontline®, a cooking-based nutrition education program. Visit Strength.org.

For a list of participating restaurants and more information about Share Our Strength's Great American Dine Out, please visit Strength.org or GreatAmericanDineOut.org.

McAlister's Corporation, headquartered in Ridgeland, Miss., is a quick-casual restaurant featuring efficient counter ordering, attentive table service, over 100 different high-quality, deli-style foods and great value. Currently, McAlister's Deli has over 285 restaurants operating in 22 states.

For more information, please contact:
Rebecca Day Kimberling, Corporate Communications
McAlister's Corporation
601.572.2673
http://www.McAlistersDeli.com

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