SALT LAKE CITY, May 17, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- USANA Health Sciences, Inc. (USNA) announced today that it has expanded its long-standing support to a leading international charity, Children's Hunger Fund (CHF), with a $110,000 donation for the purchase and maintenance of a new semi truck for distribution of food, clothing and other critical relief aid.
As a result of USANA's donation, CHF estimates that it will be capable of distributing several million pounds of relief supplies each year, including nearly 2 million meals to needy children and families. USANA will also donate funds annually to offset the costs of operating the new truck, and the company will continue its existing sponsorship of a second truck in CHF's fleet.
"Much of the challenge in serving the needs of poor children is in transportation. We can garner donations from sources all over the country, but if we can't get it to where it's needed, we are simply missing the opportunity," Children's Hunger Fund President Dave Phillips explained. "USANA has become a highly valued corporate partner to CHF, allowing us to reach thousands of needy children each month through their generous support. USANA's decision to support CHF in this way will increase our efficiency and our ability to feed the needy across America and around the world. For that we are extremely grateful."
USANA, a direct sales manufacturer of nutritional and personal-care products, and its thousands of independent distributors have donated more than $4.4 million in cash and products to CHF since 2001. These donations have helped the charity provide thousands of children around the world with daily allotments of Usanimals(TM), USANA's daily nutritional supplement for children, and support numerous families with weekly donations of food and other necessities.
USANA Founder Dr. Myron Wentz has also partnered with CHF to personally fund the construction of two state-of-the-art medical centers. The Wentz Medical Center in Ggaba, Uganda opened its doors in 2005 and now provides diagnostic and preventative care to more than 600 people each month. A second Wentz Medical Center in Cambodia is slated to open this fall.
USANA selected CHF as its charitable partner because of its well-established efficiency, accountability, and integrity. CHF has received national acclaim for being one of the most cost-effective non-profits based in the United States, with more than 99 cents of every dollar going directly to care for the needs of children. In Forbes magazine's 2007 charitable investment guide, CHF was a top-rated charity with 100 percent ratings in all three of Forbes' efficiency ratios. The charity is able to keep its overhead costs low, in part, by soliciting donations of food and other relief supplies from U.S. corporate partners and delivering the donations through a monitored network of ministries. CHF has established partnerships with a wide array of companies including USANA, Dole, Ty Inc., Rite Aid and Del Monte.
"USANA is dedicated to providing opportunities for health and financial stability not only to our distributors and employees, but also to the greater global community," said Mark Wilson, USANA executive vice president of customer relations. "Through a lasting partnership with an exceptional organization like Children's Hunger Fund, USANA has been able to bring real change to people's lives as part of our broader corporate and social responsibility commitment. We are pleased by what we have already accomplished in the fight against childhood hunger, and we look forward to continuing to do our part to help make this world a healthier, happier place for future generations."
USANA develops and manufactures high-quality nutritionals, personal-care, and weight-management products that are sold directly to Preferred Customers and Associates throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. More information on USANA can be found at http://www.usanahealthsciences.com.