Sara Lee Awards Grant to United Way of Metropolitan Chicago

United Way of Metropolitan Chicago recently received a substantial grant from the Sara Lee Foundation. The grant money will be used to fund programs that address income, education and health. United Way funds programs that ensure kids are ready to learn by kindergarten and youth graduate from high school. United Way also focuses on programs that provide job training, financial literacy, and other income supports. In addition, United Way supports programs that provide access to healthcare and that make sure people have what they need in a time of crisis such as food, shelter and safety. United Way of Metropolitan Chicago works with more than 700 health and human service programs across Chicago’s more than 200 communities.  In 2009 it invested $47 million in initiatives and programs that achieved positive impact. “Sara Lee is proud to invest its resources in our communities through United Way,” said Judy E. Schaefer, Director, Sara Lee Foundation.  “United Way works with the strongest programs creating the greatest possible impact in the areas that need the most help.  It is important to our organization that we play a role in renewing our communities by supporting the health and human services sector through this grant.” United Way views income, education and health as the basic building blocks of independence. By addressing all three of these issues through the human services programs it funds, United Way helps families become stronger and communities more vibrant: • Last year United Way launched its first three-year financial stability impact cycle with an investment of $4.6 million to programs that provide a range of services to help people manage their personal finance, obtain and maintain employment, build savings and assets and provide families with access to income supports. • Education accounts for 47% of United Way’s overall program investment. Its educational goals are that kids are ready to learn by kindergarten, and that youth graduate high school. To get there, United Way partners with quality programs that make a difference. • United Way’s health and wellness goals are to support programs that connect underserved communities and populations with health services, and that reduce the risk of chronic disease. The must also meet safety and essential needs. About Sara Lee Corporation: Each and every day, Sara Lee (NYSE: SLE) delights millions of consumers and customers around the world. The company has one of the world’s best-loved and leading portfolios with its innovative and trusted food, beverage, household and body care brands, including Ambi Pur, Ball Park, Douwe Egberts, Hillshire Farm, Jimmy Dean, Kiwi, Sanex, Sara Lee, Senseo and Bimbo. Collectively, these brands generate approximately $13 billion in annual net sales covering nearly 200 countries. The Sara Lee community consists of 41,000 employees worldwide. Please visit the Sara Lee Corporation website  for the latest news and in-depth information about Sara Lee and its brands. About the Sara Lee Foundation: The Sara Lee Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Sara Lee Corporation.  Through the Foundation, Sara Lee is committed to strengthening and improving communities where Sara Lee has a presence.