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Cookies for a Cause

Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes Restaurants Host Annual Cookie Fundraiser to Benefit Easter Seals Services for Children and Adults with Disabilities

Chicago, Illinois, May 30, 2013

Media Contact:
Cindy Metzger

Rick Van Warner

Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes kicks off a companywide cookie campaign for Easter Seals this weekend, with a $1.00 donation going to Easter Seals for every $1.99 bag of the restaurant’s freshly baked homemade cookies sold during June. Since each bag also includes a $2 coupon that can be used on the next visit to Souplantation or Sweet Tomatoes, it’s an easy way for guests to contribute to a great cause.

“We thank Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes for their continued support,” said James E. Williams, Jr., president and chief executive officer, Easter Seals, Inc. “Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes are helping Easter Seals create life-changing solutions for children and adults with disabilities.”

Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes will donate all net proceeds from the campaign to local Easter Seals affiliates. Restaurant guests can support essential disability programs in their community every time they visit Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes June 1 through June 30, 2013.

“Easter Seals has been helping children and adults with disabilities and other special needs for nearly a century,” said Tammy Bailey, Chief Marketing Officer of Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes parent Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp. “We’re proud to have raised nearly $180,000 dollars for Easter Seals over the past six years and with every one of our restaurants participating this year, we expect to have a banner month for this important cause.”

This is the first year that Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes will be offering the cookie campaign for Easter Seals in all of their 128 restaurants across the nation. With the help of generous consumers, 20 Easter Seals affiliate organizations will benefit from this year’s campaign.

About Sweet Tomatoes

Celebrating over 30 years, Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes was founded in 1978 in San Diego and currently operates 128 salad buffet-style restaurants across the western, southern and eastern portions of the United States. Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes creates an exceptional, all-you-care-to-eat dining experience with a daily selection of made-from-scratch soups and salads and handcrafted muffins, focaccia, breads and tasty desserts. By combining high-quality, farm-fresh and scratch-made foods for a fixed price, the restaurants provide guests with the freedom to create their own wholesome meals. The restaurant concept is built around fresh prepared, great-tasting recipes with a salad bar full of seasonal vegetables and tossed salads prepared exhibition-style every 20 minutes. Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes restaurants are open daily for lunch and dinner. For more information, visit www.souplantation.com or www.sweettomatoes.com.

About Easter Seals

Easter Seals is the leading non-profit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities and other special needs. For more than 90 years, Easter Seals has been offering help and hope to children and adults living with disabilities, and to the families who love them. Additionally, Easter Seals has provided critical community-based supports and services to military service members, veterans and their families since World War II. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities and military families can live, learn, work and play. Support children and adults with disabilities at www.easterseals.com.

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