Plantation, Fla. October 2, 2006 DHL will partner with the national network of DHL Authorized Shipping Centers® and Americas Second Harvest The Nations Food Bank Network for the second annual DHL Thanksgiving Food Drive. The worlds leading logistics and express delivery company will collect and deliver donations that benefit the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States.


From October 2 through November 17, participating DHL Authorized Shipping Centers around the country will serve as collection points for donations of non-perishable food items and canned goods to help feed those in need this Thanksgiving and throughout the year.  DHL will deliver the donations to local food banks across the United States by leveraging its US ground network and employee volunteers. 


Through DHLs Thanksgiving Food Drive, were able to support our local communities, and connect the people who are able to give with those that need assistance the most this time of year, said Fred Beljaars, executive vice president of operations, DHL.  Our logistical and transportation network supports numerous charitable shipments within local communities and around the globe, and this food drive is a great way to assist those in need.


Americas Second Harvest network is made up of more than two hundred food banks across the nation which serve 50,000 charitable agencies, including food pantries, food kitchens, and emergency shelters. In 2005, Americas Second Harvest served 25.3 million people that received food assistance through their network, reflecting an eight percent increase since 2001, and an 18 percent increase since 1997. In fiscal year 2005, the Second Harvest food banks moved a combined total of two billion pounds of food and grocery products, up from 1.8 billion pounds in 2001.


We are extremely pleased that DHL has again committed to collecting food donations for our member food banks this Thanksgiving season, said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Americas Second Harvest. They are wonderful corporate citizens and have demonstrated a genuine commitment to helping feed the nations hungry.


How People Can Help
Donations of canned goods and non-perishable food items for Thanksgiving meals may be dropped off at participating DHL Authorized Shipping Centers across the country between October 2 and November 17.  More information on how to get involved, find the nearest collection point, or make a cash donation is available at the DHL Thanksgiving Food Drive website


About DHL's Authorized Shipping Centers

DHLs 4200 Authorized Shipping Centers provide convenient customer access to DHLs domestic and international shipping services.  This network of independent pack and ship outlets and larger retail stores provides everything you need to pack, label, and  ship packages to more than 210 countries and territories worldwide.  


About DHL

At DHL, Customer Service is back in shipping.  Our mission is to provide the most flexible, personable and enjoyable experience in the shipping industry for our customers. 


DHL is the global market leader of the international express and logistics industry, specializing in providing innovative and customized solutions from a single source. DHL offers expertise in express, air and ocean freight, overland transport and logistics solutions, combined with worldwide coverage and an in-depth understanding of local markets. Over 285,000 employees are dedicated to providing fast and reliable services that exceed customers' expectations. Founded in San Francisco in 1969, DHL's international network links more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. For more information on DHL, please visit


About America's Second Harvest
America's Second Harvest The Nation's Food Bank Network is the nation's largest charitable hunger-relief organization with a Network of more than 200 regional member food banks and food - rescue programs serving all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.  The America's Second Harvest Network secures and distributes more than two billion pounds of donated food and grocery products annually.  The America's Second Harvest Network supports approximately 50,000 local charitable agencies operating more than 94,000 programs including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after-school programs, and Kids Cafes. Last year, the America's Second Harvest Network provided food assistance to more than 25 million low-income hungry people in the United States, including more than nine million children and nearly three million seniors.  For more on America's Second Harvest, please visit