A Child Dies Every 5 Seconds Somewhere from Hunger; Hunger Kills More People Than War, Tuberculosis and AIDS Combined, Claiming 25,000 Lives Every Day

    Yum! Brands - World's Largest Restaurant Company and Parent of KFC, Pizza
Hut and Taco Bell - Launches Global Movement to Stop World Hunger in Support
of U.N. World Food Programme


    LOUISVILLE, KY., October 9 /CNW/ - Yum! Brands (NYSE:  YUM), parent of KFC,
Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, today launched the world's largest hunger relief
effort in an attempt to help stop world hunger. Called "World Hunger Relief
Week," the program supports the United Nations World Food Programme, the
frontline agency in the fight against global hunger. During October 14-20,
35,000 company and franchised restaurants located in 112 countries will be
participating in some way, including KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Long John
Silver's and A&W All-American Food.

    More than 850 million people know what it is like to go to bed hungry in
all corners of the globe. More people die from hunger each year than from war,
tuberculosis and AIDS combined, and every five seconds, a child dies from

    The company partnered with the U.N. World Food Programme, the world's
leading humanitarian agency feeding 90 million poor people, including 58
million hungry children, in 80 of the world's poorest communities.

    Yum! hopes to raise awareness of the hunger problem, mobilize nearly
1,000,000 employees across its company and franchise system to volunteer their
efforts, and raise funds from the more than 125 million weekly customers. Yum!
Brands Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, David C. Novak, will lead a
massive volunteerism movement by dedicating volunteer service at a food bank
in Louisville, Kentucky. All other above restaurant leaders are being given a
day of community service during the week to volunteer their time, and
restaurant employees are encouraged to hold fund raising drives and food
collections as well.

    The Yum! Foundation will be donating to the cause by covering the WFP's
low administrative fee so that all funds collected from customers and
employees will go directly toward purchasing a nutritious school meal or food
for the world's hungry. It costs the WFP just $.19 per day on average to feed
a hungry child a nutritious school lunch meal. With funds raised, the company
hopes to save hundreds of thousands of people from starvation.

    During World Hunger Relief Week, Yum! plans to generate the equivalent of
nearly $50 million worth of awareness through television and print
advertising, public service announcements, public relations, web-based
communications and in-restaurant posters and signage. The integrated marketing
materials will be available in English and translated into nine different
languages, including English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese, German,
Japanese, Korean and Portuguese.

    "World hunger is a problem of epic proportions, and unfortunately it is
increasing each day. As the world's largest restaurant company, we believe it
is our privilege and responsibility to use our clout and make a difference in
the lives of others less fortunate who are starving around the globe," said
David C. Novak, Yum! Brands Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Our World
Hunger Relief efforts will continue year after year. Our goal is to create a
global movement to help stop the dying, and start the living. We believe we
can truly make a difference in the lives of others by helping them move from
hunger to hope."

    Yum! and its brands have been committed to fighting hunger for more than
a decade by donating $50 million of prepared food annually to the
underprivileged in the United States. The company also has been the primary
sponsor of the Dare To Care Food Bank based in Louisville, Kentucky for seven
years. Its employees donate thousands of hours each year to the food bank. The
company is now expanding these efforts on a global scale through the creation
of World Hunger Relief Week. The initiative coincides with the company's 10th
anniversary as a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange. It
was spun-off from PepsiCo in October, 1997.

    World Hunger Relief Week addresses the harsh reality that there are 850
million people suffering from hunger every day. The situation has become worse
than ever due to the convergence of: rising commodities and higher global food
prices; increased competition for products that produce energy; severe
droughts and flood due to climate change; a surge in conflict and wars as well
as a growing population. At the rate things are going, food prices are
expected to jump 35% over the next two years, thereby decreasing the number of
people fed.

    "This campaign will raise awareness among tens of millions of people
around the world," said Josette Sheeran, executive director of the World Food
Programme, who added that the world's largest humanitarian organization will
use any funds raised to fund its greatest needs. "With demographic trends,
climate change and soaring commodity prices -- the challenges of feeding the
hungry are increasing," she said, adding that innovative approaches to public
awareness and fundraising are critical.

    The efforts of Yum! and its five brands are making it possible for funds
to go directly to feeding people in WFP's areas of greatest need - such as
expanding school feeding programs to serve more children and families;
providing essential food assistance to new mothers and their infants and
increasing school attendance among girls by providing take-home food rations.

    The company is leveraging the power of the internet to reach millions of
people through the www.fromhungertohope.com website and other on-line
activity. The interactive web site includes information about hunger, the WFP,
how to donate to World Hunger Relief Week, updates on WFP outreach activities,
Google mashup map highlighting volunteer updates from around the world and
much more.

    "I'm incredibly proud of the passion that our global team has for this
critical initiative," said Novak who has visited poverty-stricken areas in
Guatemala and seen the needs firsthand. Novak is donating all proceeds from
his newly released book, The Education of an Accidental CEO - Lessons Learned
from the Trailer Park to the Corner Office (Crown Publishing) to the World
Food Programme.

    World Food Programme

    Established in 1963, WFP is the United Nations frontline agency in the
fight against global hunger. WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency:
on average, each year, we give food to 90 million poor people to meet their
nutritional needs, including 58 million hungry children, in 80 of the world's
poorest countries. WFP - We Feed People.

    Friends of the World Food Program (Friends of WFP) is a US-based
non-profit organization dedicated to building support for the World Food
Program (WFP) and other hunger relief efforts. WFP is the largest
international food aid organization in the world and the United Nations'
frontline agency in the fight against hunger. For more information, visit

    Yum! Brands, Inc.

    Yum! Brands Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, is the world's largest
restaurant company in terms of system restaurants with over 35,000
restaurants, which includes over 2,000 licensed restaurants, in more than 100
countries and territories. Four of the company's restaurant brands -- KFC,
Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and Long John Silver's -- are the global leaders of the
chicken, pizza, Mexican-style food and quick-service seafood categories
respectively. Yum! Brands is the worldwide leader in multibranding, which
offers consumers more choice and convenience at one restaurant location from a
combination of KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, A&W or Long John Silver's brands.
The company and its franchisees today operate over 3,500 multibrand
restaurants. Outside the United States in 2006, the Yum! Brands' system opened
about three new restaurants each day of the year, making it one of the fastest
growing retailers in the world. For the past four years, the company has been
recognized as one of Fortune Magazine's "Top 50 Employers for Minorities." It
also has been recognized as one of the "Top 50 Employers for Women" by
Fortune, one of the "40 Best Companies for Diversity" by Black Enterprise
Magazine for the past three years, one of Black Enterprise Magazine's "30
Hottest Franchises for 2006," one of the "Corporate 100 Companies Providing
Opportunities for Hispanics" by Hispanic Magazine, one of the "Top 50
Corporations for Supplier Diversity" by Hispanic Trends Magazine and by
BusinessWeek as one of the "Top 15 Companies for In-Kind Corporate

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For further information: Weber Shandwick North America: Dana Bowne
312-988-2378 dbowne@webershandwick.com or International: Sophie Brownlees
+44-20-7067-0266 sbrownlees@webershandwick.com or World Food Programme:
Bettina Luescher 212-963-5196 bettina.luescher@wfb.org or Friends of the World
Food Programme: Daniela Colajacovo 202-530-1060 dcolajacovo@friendsofwfp.org

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