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Food Network and Share Our Strength Announce Network’s First-Ever Original Charitable Platform, ‘Good Food Gardens’ to Be Unveiled at Slow Food Nation

August 25, 2008

NEW YORK, Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ — Food Network and charitable partner, Share Our Strength(R), will unveil a new original platform called Good Food Gardens on August 28 in San Francisco at Slow Food Nation (http://www.slowfoodnation.org/), the largest celebration of American food. The launch of Good Food Gardens delivers on one of the core goals of the relationship — to create a completely original, Food Network-specific platform that will continue the mission to raise awareness for childhood hunger and its surrounding issues. The gardens are a tangible way to teach kids where food comes from, and encourage them to take pride and learn by growing fresh fruits and vegetables from start to finish. The gardens will be built by Teich Garden Systems (http://www.teichgardensystems.com/), of South Salem, NY, who build fully sustainable gardens for local schools, organizations and homeowners. Each Good Food Garden will be completely customized and can be built on any surface with a full irrigation system, top quality organic soil, raised planting beds and support for trellising vines.

A sample Good Food Garden built by Teich will be unveiled on August 28 adjacent to the Victory Garden at Slow Food Nation, located on Civic Center Plaza in front of City Hall. The garden is 10 ft x 16 ft, built out of cedar wood, protected with heavy duty fencing, making it an enclosed space with a sturdy door that can be locked. The garden will be filled with seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs; event-goers will be able to walk around, tour the garden and see how it works. The San Francisco garden will then be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Treasure Island after the close of Slow Food Nation on September 2. Food Network and Share Our Strength plan to launch the next garden in New York City in early 2009, followed by a third garden in Washington, DC.

“Good Food Gardens is a new mission for Food Network and Share Our Strength, and represents Food Network as a voice at the table on these food issues affecting our communities,” said Carrie Welch, Vice President, Public Relations, Food Network. “It is the right message at the right time — what better event than Slow Food Nation to talk about kids learning where their food comes from and why that is important.”

“For more than 20 years, Share Our Strength has been leading the fight against childhood hunger in America by supporting local hunger-relief organizations,” said Chuck Scofield, Chief Development Officer, Share Our Strength. “With the launch of Good Food Gardens, we are educating children on the importance of fruits, vegetables and other nutritious foods — key ingredients to ending childhood hunger. The gardens will offer children fun, hands-on experiences that we hope will inspire healthy eating habits for life.”

Food Network’s partnership with Share Our Strength gives a national voice to the fight to end childhood hunger and helps increase awareness of the issues surrounding this complex problem, including the link between hunger and obesity, the need for nutrition education, the challenge of “food deserts” (areas of the country where fresh foods are not available), the need for more widely available farmers’ markets, the state of farming and agriculture, and more. Food Network also supports Share Our Strength’s existing programs by including them in relevant Food Network shows, through public service announcements with network stars, and by hosting fundraising events.

Slow Food Nation is the largest celebration of American food in history, bringing together tens of thousands of visitors to San Francisco during Labor Day weekend, August 28 – September 1, to experience an extraordinary range of activities highlighting the connection between the plate and the planet. Slow Food Nation will feature tastings, chef demonstrations, a major conference on food values, social justice and the environment, an urban farm, a music festival and workshops, forums, films and interactive exhibits.

About Food Network

FOOD NETWORK (http://www.foodnetwork.com/) is a unique lifestyle network and Web site that strives to be way more than cooking. The network is committed to exploring new and different ways to approach food — through pop culture, competition, adventure, and travel — while also expanding its repertoire of technique-based information. Food Network is distributed to more than 96 million U.S. households and averages more than seven million Web site users monthly. With headquarters in New York City and offices in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and Knoxville, Food Network can be seen internationally in Canada, Australia, Korea, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, Monaco, Andorra, Africa, France, and the French-speaking territories in the Caribbean and Polynesia. Scripps Networks Interactive , which also owns and operates HGTV (http://www.hgtv.com/), DIY Network (http://www.diynetwork.com/), Great American Country (http://www.gactv.com/) and FINE LIVING (http://www.fineliving.com/), is the manager and general partner.

About Share Our Strength

Share Our Strength is a national organization working to make sure no kid in America grows up hungry. It weaves 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. Since its inception in 1984, Share Our Strength has raised over $200 million, providing support for more than 1,000 groups around the world working to end hunger. For more information, please visit Strength.org.

About Slow Food Nation

Slow Food Nation is a subsidiary non-profit of Slow Food USA and part of the international Slow Food movement. It was created to organize the first-ever American collaborative gathering to unite the growing sustainable food movement and introduce thousands of people to food that is good, clean and fair through enjoyable, accessible and educational activities. Slow Food Nation is dedicated to creating a framework for deeper environmental connection to our food and aims to inspire and empower Americans to build a food system that is sustainable, healthy and delicious.

About Teich Garden Systems

Established in 2005, Teich Garden Systems LLC (TGS) is the leading manufacturer of custom-designed outdoor garden systems for residences, educational institutions and civic organizations. TGS uses proprietary designs to create self contained, easy to maintain, animal resistant raised bed gardens. Through its sister companies, Teich Learning Group and Teich Nursery Services, TGS provides educational support services and greenhouse supplies to schools and educators. TGS works with schools to assist them with educational materials and actual hands-on support in the field. For more information about Teich visit http://www.teichgardensystems.com/

Food Network

CONTACT: Carrie Welch of Food Network, +1-212-401-2420,cwelch@foodnetwork.com; or Leigh Farris of Slow Food Nation, +1-917-968-7859,leigh@slowfoodnation.org; or Sherrie Bakshi of Share Our Strength,+1-202-478-6521, sbakshi@strength.org

Web site: http://www.foodnetwork.com/http://www.slowfoodnation.org/http://www.teichgardensystems.com/




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