Dallas, Oct. 19 -- For the third consecutive year, star wide
receiver Roy Williams is teaming up with Pizza Hut to help take a bite out of
world hunger. The football great will be at the Pizza Hut on 9550 Dallas
Parkway in Frisco from 4 to 6 p.m. today to catch passes thrown by fans in
exchange for donations to the World Food Program.
"Too many people in the world go to bed hungry," said Roy Williams. "We can
all be team players to help end world hunger, and I'm inviting the great fans
of Dallas to join my team to make a difference."
At the "Giving for Receiving" event, Williams will attempt to break the
"single season receiving record" in one day with the help of Dallas residents.
For a $5 donation, kids ages 12 and younger are invited to throw a pass to
Williams and take home a signed mini football. For a $40 donation, adults will
be able to show off their best "Hail Mary" pass and receive an autographed
regulation sized football. (Only merchandise purchased for donation at event
is eligible for Roy Williams' autograph.) Every dollar raised at the event
will feed four children in critical need.
"We are thrilled that Roy Williams is on board for the third year to lead the
charge for a very worthy cause," said Scott Bergren, Pizza Hut President and
Chief Concept Officer. "Pizza Hut's goal this year is to spread the word
about what can be done to help feed the hungry and motivate people to take
action to help the fight world hunger. The generous support of our customers
and guys like Roy help us deliver meals to those in most need through the
World Food Program."
During last year's program, Williams challenged three other professional
football players to see who could raise the most money for hunger relief at
in-restaurant fundraisers. The friendly competition raised more than $15,000
for the World Hunger Relief campaign.
In 2007, Williams raised $10,000 for the World Hunger Relief campaign after
delivering pizzas for Pizza Hut in Detroit. The wide receiver publicly
commented that he didn't tip pizza delivery drivers as he was unsure of the
protocol. Pizza Hut challenged him to walk in the shoes of a driver and
Williams graciously obliged raising money for charity in the process.
About World Hunger Relief
World Hunger Relief supports the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) and
other hunger relief agencies. More than 36,000 company and franchised
restaurants located in more than 110 countries will be participating,
including Pizza Hut and other Yum! Brands, KFC, Taco Bell, Long John Silver's,
and A&W All-American Food.
Funds raised for WFP go directly to the areas of greatest need, feeding poor
school children in the developing world and helping villages become
self-sustainable. Yum! Brands' employees and franchisees will be volunteering
their time at hunger relief agencies, food banks, soup kitchens and launching
During the 2009 World Hunger Relief campaign, Yum! Brands plan to work towards
a pledge made at the Clinton Global Initiative last year. At the Clinton
Global Initiative, Yum! Brands pledged to do the following in the coming
years: raise and donate at least $80 million to help WFP and others provide
200 million meals for hungry school children in developing countries; donate
20 million hours of hunger relief volunteer service in the communities in
which it operates; donate $200 million worth of its prepared food to hunger
agencies in the United States; and use the company's marketing clout to
generate awareness of the hunger problem while convincing others to become
part of the solution.
Yum! Brands has been committed to fighting hunger for more than a decade by
donating more than $46 million of prepared food annually to the
underprivileged in the United States. Since the company went public in 1997,
it has donated more than $550 million of its food to hunger relief agencies in
About Pizza Hut
Pizza Hut, America's Favorite Pizza delivers more pizza, pasta and wings than
any other restaurant. The only pizza company to be named a top ten franchise
in 2009 by Entrepreneur Magazine, Pizza Hut began 50 years ago in Wichita,
Kansas and today operates more than 10,000 restaurants in 100 countries. Pizza
Hut, Inc. is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM). To check out
what's new at Pizza Hut visit pizzahut.com.