Doubletree Donates $50,000 to Haiti Recovery as Part of Hotel Brand's Teaching Kids to CARE Program

  • Doubletree Hotels
  • 01.25.10
In response to the tragic earthquakes in Haiti, Doubletree Hotels announced a US $50,000 donation on behalf of its Teaching Kids to CARE community outreach program to Friends of the World Food Program (Friends of WFP).

The donation will help support the United Nations World Food Program’s (WFP) School Meals initiative in Haiti in an effort to further assist the recovery efforts currently underway.

“Millions of earthquake survivors in Haiti are struggling every day to survive, and WFP has been working day and night to reach them with food and other humanitarian assistance,” said Friends of WFP president and CEO, Karen Sendelback. “Doubletree Hotels’ generosity is critical to these emergency feeding operations, which continue to be a lifeline to so many Haitians. We appreciate Doubletree Hotels and participants in its Teaching Kids to CARE program.”

During the fall of 2009, Doubletree Hotels developed a relationship with the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), one of the world's largest humanitarian agencies fighting hunger worldwide, as part of its award-winning Teaching Kids to CARE community outreach program.  In 2009, Doubletree hotel volunteers worked with approximately 10,000 school children in 125 communities as part of a Community Drive to Fight World Hunger campaign to teach students about world hunger issues - both in their communities and beyond.  A unique set of educational lessons were conducted that culminated in a series of community food drives, during which an estimated 200,000 non-perishable food items were collected for local food banks and philanthropic organizations.  To celebrate the kids’ local community contributions, Doubletree pledged that it would match every non-perishable food item contributed and donate its collections to benefit the WFP’s School Meals Program. 

“World hunger is always a critical issue and during times of disaster the magnitude of basic needs can seem overwhelming.  It’s important to focus on the role we can all play with donations as well as hands-on philanthropy,” said Mary Beth Parks, vice president – brand marketing for Doubletree Hotels. “We are so impressed with the efforts of our hotels and their local adopted schools during our recent Teaching Kids to CARE food drive.  We hope that this donation to Friends of WFP both honors those efforts and provides resources to help Haiti during this terribly difficult time.”

WFP is currently streaming humanitarian assistance into Haiti, opening up air, sea and land corridors, and rehabilitating emergency telecommunications systems for the entire humanitarian community.  Food distributions programs by WFP began within 24 hours of the earthquake striking and during the past week they have delivered food assistance to approximately 200,000 people.  In the coming days, WFP aims to move the equivalent of 10 million ready-to-eat meals so that people whose homes have been destroyed and who have no access to cooking facilities can feed their families. Friends of WFP is a U.S.-based, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that focuses on building support in the United States for the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) and other hunger relief operations.

Founded in 2002, Teaching Kids to CARE is an award-winning community-based outreach initiative that has connected local Doubletree hotels with more than 150,000 students in local elementary schools and youth organizations.  Teaching Kids to CARE educates children about the importance of making environmentally and socially conscious decisions for their community and their world at the earliest ages. 

Doubletree salutes all of its hotel and school participants, and offers special appreciation to the following top 10 food drive collectors:
  • John Hersey High School, Arlington Heights, Ill. and Doubletree Hotel Chicago/Arlington Heights
  • Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Elementary School, Pinellas Park, Fla. and Doubletree Tampa Bay Beach Resort
  • Annie E. Fales Elementary School and Doubletree Hotel Boston/Westborough
  • Allendale Elementary School, Melvindale, Mich. and Doubletree Hotel Dearborn
  • Dodson Elementary School, Houston and Doubletree Hotel Downtown Houston
  • Mammoth Elementary School, Parker, Colo. and Doubletree Hotel Denver
  • Bow Lake Elementary School and Doubletree Hotel Seattle Airport
  • Roosevelt Elementary School, Montebello, Calif. and Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles/Commerce
  • Reeder Elementary School, Omaha, Neb. and Doubletree Hotels of Omaha
  • Pilgrim Academy, Houston and Doubletree Guest Suites Houston

For more information about Doubletree Hotels’ Teaching Kids to CARE program, please visit our Think Trees website at  Friends of the World Food Program (Friends of WFP) and the World Food Program are now accepting pledges and donations for Haiti disaster relief. For more information on how you can help the United Nations World Food Program and their efforts in Haiti, visit

WFP is one of the world's largest humanitarian agencies fighting hunger worldwide. In 2009, WFP aims to feed 108 million people in 74 countries.

Friends of WFP is a U.S.-based, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that focuses on building support in the United States for the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) and other hunger relief operations.  Friends of WFP unites organizations and individuals committed to solving world hunger. Our education, advocacy and fundraising efforts in the United States support WFP’s life-saving global food assistance and development programs.  Friends of WFP is a registered 501(c)(3) organization, as recognized by the Internal Revenue Service.

With a growing collection of contemporary, upscale accommodations in more than 200 gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations worldwide, Doubletree hotels and resorts are distinctively designed properties that provide true comfort to today’s business and leisure travelers. 

Hilton Worldwide is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels.  For 90 years, Hilton Worldwide has been offering business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value.  The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands.  Its brands are comprised of more than 3,500 hotels in 81 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations.  The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®.

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