Contact: Lori Willis

Director of Communications


Deborah Hostetter

Project Incorporated


Oct. 10, 2005

Customers Can Expect A Spooktacular Time in Schnucks Produce Departments

There will be some new faces in Schnucks stores this Halloween season! Starting this week, several Schnucks produce departments across the metro area will sell pumpkins hand painted by employees at Project, Incorporated, a non-profit organization that trains individuals with various mental and physical challenges.

Deborah Hostetter, CEO of Project Incorporated, said this is the first time the organization has attempted a project of this nature. "We approached the Schnucks produce team about this idea and they immediately got the ball, or in this case the pumpkin, rolling," Hostetter said.

According to Schnucks Produce Buyer Tom Brendel, all painted pumpkins will be available at Schnucks through Halloween and sell for $5.99 with a portion of the proceeds going back to the Project Incorporated building fund. "Faces will show a variety of emotion ranging from comedy to eerie that will add some fun to your Halloween celebration," Brendel said.

Founded in 1958, Project, Inc. has provided training and dignified employment for individuals with mental disabilities. The company, noted for its high quality expert handwork and fast turn-around, assembles and packages product for a variety of industries such as printing, pharmaceutical and light industrial.

Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. currently operates 103 stores (including five Logli stores) and 99 pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Mississippi and Iowa. The family-owned company ranks 94th in the Forbes magazine listing of the nation's "Largest Private Companies."

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