On Aug. 12, employees from The Coca-Cola Co. helped sort and pack food for distribution at one of the distribution centers of the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) to get food to those in need. Called Serving U, the program also acted as a teambuilding exercise for the employees. Coca-Cola also is donating juice boxes for the Food 4 Kids backpack program, which provides chronically hungry kids with snacks over the weekend.

(l to r) Colleen Brinkmann, NTFB; Michael DiLeonardo, Coca-Cola; Julie Brand Lynch, NTFB; Charlie Morrison, NTFB; and Susan Gambardella, Coca-Cola take a break from sorting and packing food.

The NTFB is a nonprofit hunger relief organization that distributes donated, purchased and prepared foods through a network of feeding programs in 13 North Texas counties. For more information, visit www.ntfb.org.
Today from 4 to 4:30 p.m. EST Share Our Strength's Great American Dine Out will host the final of its series of summer webinars to provide strategies and ideas for restaurant operators who want to participate in the dine out for charity, which takes place from Sept. 20 to 26.

The Great American Dine Out is a week-long, nationwide event in which participating restaurants donate a portion of proceeds to help end childhood hunger in America. It is a flexible program, meaning operators can decide how they want to implement and promote it.

Ray Blanchette, CEO of Joe's Crab Shack; Diana Hovey, senior vice president of marketing for Corner Bakery; and Annica Krieder, vice president of marketing for McAlister's Deli will lead the webinar. Click here to register.

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