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Hood® Simply Smart® Milk Recognizes Tampa Bay Woman for Her Dedication to Making a Difference


Lynnfield, MA (August 15, 2012)

Hood® Simply Smart® Milk and Chris Evert, Simply Smart spokesperson and tennis legend, announced that Debbi McCarthy, Director of Development for Feeding America Tampa Bay in Tampa Bay, FL, is one of three recipients of a $5,000 donation from winning the Hood Simply Smart Milk's "Make a Difference, Taste a Difference" campaign."The entire Board and staff of Feeding America Tampa Bay are so grateful to Hood Simply Smart Milk and Chris Evert for this unique opportunity to mobilize the Tampa Bay community in our mission of Ending Hunger and Nourishing Hope," McCarthy said. "Make a Difference, Taste a Difference is a theme that resonates especially well with our hunger relief efforts, as we strive to provide the most nutrient rich products to children and families struggling with hunger. The $5,000 donation will provide 20,000 meals for our neighbors in need - making the most important difference of all."The Simply Smart "Make a Difference, Taste a Difference" program recognizes local women making a difference in their communities. Two additional women were also chosen for making a difference in their communities - Carla Miklos, Executive Director of Operation Hope in Fairfield, CT, and Samantha Eisenstein Watson, Founder of The SAMFund in Boston, MA. In celebration, Chris Evert will deliver the donation and participate in activities to congratulate the winning organizations at a later date. Winners were chosen based on the number of votes received on the Simply Smart Milk Facebook page."It's a true honor to recognize Debbi as part of the Hood Simply Smart 'Make a Difference, Taste a Difference' program with a $5,000 donation to Feeding America Tampa Bay," said Chris Evert. "It is important for everyone to not only make a difference in their community but also for their families in their everyday choices. The women being recognized by Hood for their efforts are true examples of how their dedication and hard work are leaving a lasting imprint on their communities.""With Simply Smart Milk, you can taste a difference - all the taste without all the fat. We're proud that consumers helped Make a Difference in their local communities by honoring three exceptional women and the organizations they support," said Lynne Bohan, HP Hood spokesperson. "It is important to acknowledge Debbi, Carla, and Samantha for the work they do to help local women make the right choices for themselves, their families and their communities."For more information, visit www.BeSimplySmart.com. About Feeding America Tampa BayFounded in 1982, Feeding America Tampa Bay serves a poverty population of close to 700,000 across West Central Florida; 250,000 of those struggling with hunger in the area are children. Receiving surplus food donations from growers, manufacturers, supermarkets and organized community food drives, the food bank distributes food to the needy through a network of 700 hunger relief charities. In the past 12 months, the Tampa-based food bank supplied more than 25 million pounds of food to its 10-county service area - enough to provide more than a million and a half meals every month to those who would otherwise go hungry. Feeding America Tampa Bay is a member of the national Feeding America network. For more information, please visit feedingamericatampabay.org.About HoodFounded in 1846, today Hood is one of the largest branded dairy operators in the United States.  Hood is the number-one dairy brand in New England, and Hood's portfolio of national and super-regional brands and franchise products includes Hood, Crowley Foods, Simply Smart Milk, Heluva Good!, LACTAID®, BAILEYS® Coffee Creamers, HERSHEY®'S Milk and Milkshakes and Blue Diamond Almond Breeze®. For more information about Hood, please visit Hood.com.

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