Delaware North Companies Marks One-Year Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina by Building Two Habitat for Humanity Homes and Helping to Reopen Second Harvest's Kids' Cafe in New Orleans

BUFFALO, N.Y., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Delaware North Companies, a global leader in hospitality and one of the largest privately held companies in North America, marked the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina by announcing that it is partnering with Habitat for Humanity to sponsor the entire cost and building of two homes in one of the most devastated areas of New Orleans. Delaware North is proud to lend its support to Habitat's commitment to help rebuild New Orleans for some of the region's most devastated families. As a sponsor of these two homes, Delaware North Companies associates will work side by side with other volunteers; and it's the company's hope that one of its world-class chefs will prepare the first meal for these families in their new homes.

In addition, Delaware North Companies is making an important donation to Kids Cafe New Orleans. Kids Cafe is part of a nationwide program sponsored by America's Second Harvest-The Nation's Food Bank Network, the nation's largest food relief organization. Kids Cafe provides a safe place for children living in low-income areas of the city to eat a meal in a restaurant-style setting versus a soup-kitchen line, and allows older children and teenagers to learn valuable hospitality skills as they assist with all facets of running the cafe, giving them the skills for future opportunities. At Kids Cafe New Orleans, children serve as hosts, wait tables, help in the kitchen, and of course enjoy a delicious restaurant-style meal. Kids Cafe New Orleans is a place beyond poverty and hunger and Delaware North Companies is proud to support its effort to reopen its doors to New Orleans' children.

"We are proud to continue our support of Habitat for Humanity and are pleased to partner for the first time with Kids Cafe," said Wendy Watkins, vice president, corporate communications, Delaware North Companies. "From days after the hurricane to this anniversary, we continue to be touched by the personal stories of heroism, commitment and determination. We are certainly grateful that our company can make a difference in these communities."

"Delaware North's support of New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity through this donation, and its associates' plans to come to New Orleans to help build the homes they are sponsoring makes the company one of our partner families; and we are proud to claim that relationship," said Jim Pate, executive director, New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity. "Their support is a hand up that empowers families, builds communities and renews hope at a time when hope is a much-needed commodity. As a partner, Delaware North is making an investment that will pay dividends for years to come as lives and neighborhoods are transformed."

"It is because of donations like this one from Delaware North Companies that our programs are able to expand to reach the needs of our ever-changing community," said Mel Jones, community outreach manager, Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana.

About Delaware North Companies

Delaware North Companies is one of the world's leading hospitality and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International, TD Banknorth Garden and American Park 'n Swap. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States with revenues approaching $2 billion annually and 40,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com.

About New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity

New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH), founded in 1983, is an autonomous Louisiana non-profit corporation that serves the parishes of Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Bernard and St. John the Baptist. In its 22-year history, NOAHH has built over 140 Habitat homes. For more information, visit www.habitat-nola.org.

About Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in Americus, Ga., in 1976, Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.

About Second Harvest

Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana provides food to over 100 charitable agencies throughout its 23-parish service-from the Mississippi border to the Texas state line. In the year since Katrina and Rita, the Food Bank has distributed over 51 million pounds of food and supplies, more than three times its annual distribution amount before the storms. For more information, visit www.no-hunger.org.

Source: Delaware North Companies

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