9-26-13 6:34 PM EDT | Email Article

Rent-A-Center today donated $20,000 to the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB). The donation comes on the heels of a recent donation of 10 freezers earmarked for partner agencies of the food bank.

The ACFB, which serves the food insecure through more than 600 partner nonprofits in 29 counties throughout metro Atlanta and north Georgia, is one of eleven across the nation sharing in $250,000 worth of Rent-A-Center funding for hunger relief this year.

The donation is in addition to the grassroots hunger-relief campaign being staged across Rent-A-Center’s 3000-plus U.S. stores throughout September. Dubbed "Soup to Nuts" and in support of Hunger Action Month, this virtual food drive leverages Rent-A-Center stores as collection points for cash donations. The donated funds will be distributed to food banks across the country at the conclusion of the month-long campaign.

"On behalf of the Atlanta Community Food Bank and our partner agencies, I’d like to thank Rent-A-Center for the wonderful donations the company has given us this month," said Sarah Fonder-Kristy, Vice President of Development for the Atlanta Community Food Bank. “The funds and freezers will truly help in our efforts to feed more people in our community.”

Rent-A-Center (NASDAQ: RCII), headquartered in Plano, Texas, operates more than 3,000 stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico. The Company employs over 21,000 coworkers. Learn more at www.rentacenter.com.

About the Atlanta Community Food Bank

The Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) began operating in 1979 from a small space at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. ACFB now distributes over 45 million pounds of food and grocery products each year from a 129,600 square-foot facility in N.W. Atlanta. The product is accessed by more than 600 partner nonprofits that provide food assistance to families and individuals in 29 counties across metro Atlanta and north Georgia. ACFB leads seven distinct projects that reinforce its mission to fight hunger by engaging, educating and empowering our community: Atlanta Prosperity Campaign, Atlanta’s Table, Community Gardens, Hunger 101, Hunger Walk/Run, Kids In Need and Product Rescue Center.

ACFB is a member of Feeding America, the national network of more than 200 food banks. For more information on the Food Bank, visit www.acfb.org.

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