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Capital Area Food Bank, American Airlines 'Go to the Moon - 238,000 Miles' to Raise $238,000 in the Struggle Against Hunger

More Than 600,000 Are at Risk of Hunger in Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area; Contributors Will Be Entered In Prize Drawing

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- More than 600,000 people in the District of Columbia, suburban Maryland, and Northern Virginia are at risk of hunger. 200,000 are children, so American Airlines is teaming up with the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) to help raise funds and awareness. Beginning today, the CAFB and American Airlines are initiating "Flight to End Hunger," a campaign to "go to the moon at 238,000 miles" (the distance between the earth and the moon) and raise $238,000 that will help serve the many people in need of food assistance in the National Capital Region.

For every $1 donated, the CAFB, is able to provide approximately three meals to a person in need. All contributors to "Flight to End Hunger" will be entered to win several prizes.

"To have American Airlines join us in the struggle to address hunger will be a tremendous help. In these difficult economic times, an increasing number of families, seniors and working adults are struggling to make ends meet; and many have to choose between paying rent and buying food, or paying for medical needs and food," said Lynn Brantley, president and CEO of Capital Area Food Bank. "Our partner agencies provide hope to individuals in need through meals, which is the sustenance they need to remain strong and continue. Because American Airlines is engaging the community to join in this effort, it is even more impactful and for that we are grateful."

"This campaign is in the spirit of Oprah Winfrey's Pay It Forward Challenge - people reaching out to help people in need," said Gerald McGaughey, American's Director - Atlantic Region, Eastern Sales Division. "We urge everyone to get onboard with us in "Flight to End Hunger" and give whatever they can to this terrific cause."

The Capital Area Food Bank, part of the Feeding America Network, serves over 380,000 people in the region through a network of 700 partner agencies. Last year, the food bank distributed 23 million pounds of food, including 6.6 million pounds of fresh produce.

While helping to alleviate the issue of hunger is reason enough to donate to "Flight to End Hunger," in the spirit of "Paying It Forward," American Airlines has partnered with Marriott International hotels to offer the opportunity to everyone who donates be entered to win one of the following prizes:

  • Grand Prize: A Fantastic GetAAway GetAAway for (2) on AA to Aruba with a (3) night stay at the luxurious all inclusive Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino - the ultimate Aruba vacation experience.
  • Second Prize: The Washington Redskins Experience (2) Tickets to see the Washington Redskins vs. the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, at FedEx Field Club Level Seating, Includes Parking
  • Third Prize: Washington Wizards Basketball (2) tickets to see the Washington Wizards vs. the San Antonia Spurs Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, @ at Verizon Center Club Level Seating, Includes Parking
  • Fourth Prize: Washington Capitals Hockey (2) tickets to see the Washington Capitals vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins (2009 Stanley Cup Champions) Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010, at Verizon Center Club Level Seating, Includes Parking

To participate in "Flight to End Hunger" simply log on to www.CapitalAreaFoodBank.org/payitforwardsweepstakes. For more information, contact Kasandra Gunter Robinson at 202.526.5344 ext 225 or robinsonk@capitalareafoodbank.org.

About the Capital Area Food Bank

The Capital Area Food Bank takes a comprehensive approach to addressing hunger by increasing access to nutritious food; initiating change through skill-building and advocacy; and creating sustainability with outreach and training for those at risk of hunger. The CAFB, a member of Feeding America, is the Washington, D.C. metro area's largest public, nonprofit food and nutrition education resource.

About American Airlines

American Airlines, American Eagle and American Connection® serve 250 cities in 40 countries with, on average, more than 3,400 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 aircraft. American's award-winning Web site, AA.com®, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld® Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve nearly 700 destinations in more than 130 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. American Airlines, American Eagle, American Connection, AA.com, AAdvantage, AAnytime, MileSAAver and We know why you fly are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. (NYSE: AMR)

About Marriott International, Inc.

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company with more than 3,300 lodging properties in 68 countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites and Bulgari brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club, The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club, The Ritz-Carlton Residences and Grand Residences by Marriott brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, USA and had approximately 146,000 employees at 2008 year-end.

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