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Beltone Kicks-off Food Drives in Hundreds of Communities Nationwide


Benefitting Feeding America and community foodbanks, collection helps
at local, national levels

Beltone, a global leader in hearing care with more than 1,500 locations
in the U.S., today kicked off its third annual Beltone Food Drive to
help fight hunger.

Throughout September, people are invited to bring in a non-perishable
food item to a participating local Beltone Hearing Center (click
here to see list of local participating locations),
which will turn
in all donations to a local foodbank at the end of the month.

Beltone also will make a financial donation based on all food collected
to Feeding America, a non-profit organization providing food assistance
to an estimated 46.5 million people annually, including 12 million
children and 7 million seniors.

Drop-off bins will be in each participating Beltone Hearing Center and
at Beltone's suburban Chicago headquarters. In appreciation of their
contribution, Beltone is offering a complimentary hearing screening to
all people who donate. According to the National Institutes of Health,
approximately 15 percent of American adults (37.5 million) aged 18 and
over report some trouble hearing. Those donating food who already wear
hearing aids will receive a free pack of batteries. Supporters can also
trial the company's newest hearing aids, Beltone Amaze™.

"We are dedicated to helping improve the quality of life in the
communities where we live and work, and that doesn't stop with hearing,"
said Stephen Brinkman, Director of Customer Care at Beltone. "With
strong ties to our communities, and specifically to seniors, we knew we
needed to join the fight to help end hunger. We hope these efforts help
jump-start much-needed contributions during a time of year when food
bank giving can slow down."

About Beltone

Founded in 1940, Chicago-based Beltone is part of the GN Group. Beltone
provides industry-leading products, services and support for its centers
that operate in more than 1,500 offices across North America. Beltone
remains the most trusted brand for quality products and care among its
patients and adults aged 50 and older.

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