Hickory Farms Partners with Share Our Strength on Giving Tuesday
To End Childhood Hunger in America

Holiday Gift Retailer Expands Charitable Partnership with Leading Non-Profit
During One-Day Fundraiser

Toledo, Ohio - December 1, 2014 - Hickory Farms is proud to announce its national partnership with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign for Giving Tuesday, December 2, to help end childhood hunger in America. During this one-day fundraiser, Hickory Farms will match all cash donations made by consumers up to $50,000, which will help No Kid Hungry connect children in need with nutritious food and teach families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. Those wishing to help on Giving Tuesday can use the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #HickoryFarms on Twitter to promote the fundraiser, or visit HickoryFarms.com, NoKidHungry.org or Hickory Farms Holiday Market locations nationwide to donate.

Giving Tuesday began in 2012 as a campaign to raise awareness and support for charitable giving just after the large retail sales surge associated with Black Friday and Cyber Monday. No Kid Hungry has rallied supporters on Giving Tuesday to help raise funds for children in need. In 2013 it reached 35 million Americans, received 2,000 contributions and registered 6,000 tweets in one day. This year, Hickory Farms and No Kid Hungry plan to expand their Giving Tuesday campaign to reach 40 million Americans.

Hickory Farms is a longstanding No Kid Hungry supporter. Since 2008 Hickory Farms has raised more than $3.3 million dollars in support of No Kid Hungry’s work to ensure children have the healthy food they need, every day. Throughout this holiday season, Hickory Farms will make a five-dollar donation to No Kid Hungry for every Signature Party Planner gift box it sells in addition to this Giving Tuesday pledge in hopes of crossing the $4 million dollar threshold.

“At Hickory Farms, we believe Traditions Matter. Our associates and loyal fans promote our traditions of giving, sustainability and community service, making Giving Tuesday a perfect fit for us,” said Mark S. Rodriguez, CEO, Hickory Farms.

No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger in America today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. Contributions to No Kid Hungry help connect kids to the healthy food they need where they live, learn and play.

"We are excited to have Hickory Farms as our national partner for Giving Tuesday and are confident that together we will reach our fundraising goals,” said Billy Shore, founder and CEO of Share Our Strength. “Just $1 can help feed a child in need up to 10 healthy meals, so together we have the power to make a huge impact on the lives of American kids and make No Kid Hungry a reality.”

About Hickory Farms

Hickory Farms, Inc ® is a leading provider of specialty foods and holiday food gifts. Since 1951, North American families have chosen Hickory Farms' savory sausages, cheeses and other gourmet foods for their loved ones each holiday season. The company's award-winning signature products and eco-friendly gift boxes can be found online, in catalogs, at leading supermarkets year round and in shopping malls throughout the Christmas holiday season. For more information, please visit www.hickoryfarms.com.


About No Kid Hungry

No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 5 kids will face hunger this year. Using proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. When we all work together, we can make sure kids get the healthy food they need. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.