Rent-A-Center Helps Areas Hit Hard by Harvey

Donations To Go To Coworkers, Evacuees and Food Banks

PLANO, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#feedingamericaRent-A-Center,
, (RAC) a rent-to-own industry leader, launched a nationwide
effort recently to help those affected by Harvey, targeting two fronts:
coworkers and evacuees impacted by the storm and a national network of
food banks, many of which are stretched thin due to providing on-going

Coworkers and Their Families

On Wednesday, Rent-A-Center created a GoFundMe account called the RAC
Harvey Coworker Relief Project
to raise money for coworkers and
their families impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Mark Speese, Chief
Executive Officer of Rent-A-Center, announced the company would match up
to $25,000 in donations to be disbursed to RAC families to help them get
back on their feet.

“While our hundreds of coworkers are all accounted for and safe, we know
that they are in a time of tremendous need,” said Speese in a
company-wide letter. “They are anxious and uncertain about their
futures. Many have lost nearly everything – but they have not lost their
RAC family.”

By Thursday, coworkers across the nation had raised nearly $10,530.


Rent-A-Center also organized a clothing and food drive Thursday in its
Plano headquarters. The plan is to deliver the donations in
Rent-A-Center trucks to various shelters in the Dallas-Fort Worth area
housing thousands of displaced evacuees.

“We are uniquely positioned to help those beyond our coworker community,
including, possibly, some of our impacted customers,” Speese said. “Know
that no donation or effort is too small. Together, we can and will make
a difference.”

Fill the Fridge Food Bank Campaign

And finally, today, Rent-A-Center kicked off its national hunger relief
campaign during September – Hunger Action month, with a portion of the
donations going directly to food banks depleted by the heavy demand
brought on by Hurricane Harvey. RAC is partnering with the largest
domestic hunger-relief organization, Feeding America, to raise $150,000.

Customers throughout the country can head to their nearest
Rent-A-Center, Get It Now, Home Choice, ColorTyme, RimTyme or ANOW kiosk
and donate one of three ways:

The fundraising campaign, called “Fill the Fridge,” will benefit Feeding
America’s nationwide network of food banks with a portion of the funds
raised going to food banks in Texas and Louisiana. All of
Rent-A-Center’s Core U.S. stores, its AcceptanceNOW kiosk locations in
third party retailers, Rent-A-Center Franchising, Inc., and Home Choice
and Get It Now! stores will participate.

“Feeding America food banks are delivering food, water, cleaning
supplies and other essentials to communities devastated by the storm,”
Feeding America’s web site read. “At the national level, Feeding America
is conducting ongoing monitoring of the situation on-the-ground and
coordinating efforts with disaster partners including the American Red
Cross and FEMA.”

About Rent-A-Center

A rent-to-own industry leader, Plano, Texas-based, Rent-A-Center, Inc.,
is focused on improving the quality of life for its customers by
providing them the opportunity to obtain ownership of high-quality,
durable products such as consumer electronics, appliances, computers,
furniture, and accessories, under flexible rental purchase agreements
with no long-term obligation. The Company owns and operates
approximately 2,600 stores in the United States, Mexico, Canada and
Puerto Rico, and approximately 1,300 AcceptanceNOW kiosk locations in
the United States and Puerto Rico. Rent-A-Center Franchising
International, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, is a
national franchiser of approximately 230 rent-to-own stores operating
under the trade names of “Rent-A-Center,” “ColorTyme,” and “RimTyme.”
For additional information about the Company, please visit our website

About Feeding America

is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the
fight against hunger in the U.S. Together the network provides food to
more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal
programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports
programs that improve food security among the people; educates the
public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that
protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses
and government all have a role in ending hunger. Feeding America can be
followed on Facebook
or on Twitter.


Rent-A-Center, Inc.
Gina Hethcock, 972-801-1424
Sr. Manager,
Public and Community Relations