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Fight hunger, feed your BODY

Press Release Date 
Monday, 29 November, 2010
For the second year in a row, The Tech Museum is teaming up with Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties to combat hunger during the holiday season. Visitors who donate three food items - made up of high-quality, high-need items such as tuna, soups, chili, or canned fruits and vegetables, low-sugar cereals, and fruit juices - receive one free admission to the blockbuster exhibition BODY WORLDS Vital. Proper nutrition is key to vigor and vitality, one of many lessons demonstrated in the exhibition, which focuses on healthy living and disease prevention. The tickets are valid Monday through Friday until December 17. "The Tech Museum is known throughout the nation as a premier science and technology center, but we are also a vested neighbor in the Silicon Valley community," Peter Friess, president of The Tech Museum, said. "And being a good neighbor means extending yourself to help others in need. So, we are proud to work with the food bank again to address the critical issue of hunger in an innovative way." Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is the single largest nonprofit provider of food to low-income households in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. The organization served an average of 270,000 people each in November and December last year, and expects an increased need during this holiday season. The majority of those they serve are seniors and families with children. The organization has seen the need for food assistance grow by more than 31% since 2008. BODY WORLDS Vital, which premiers worldwide at The Tech Museum, is the latest chapter in the HUMAN SAGA project - a series of curated museum blockbusters that began with exploration of the brain and neuroscience, cardiology and the heart, human development and longevity and aging. Vital, which was created specifically for American audiences, shows authentic human bodies in health, distress and disease and tells the pressing story of how best to defeat life-threatening illnesses - such as cancer, diabetes and heart ailments - through informed choices and lifestyle changes. Last year, the museum offered tickets to the fan-favorite STAR TREK®: THE EXHIBITION for donations to the food bank. Contact: Roqua Montez Director of Public Relations (408) 795-6225 rmontez@thetech.org About The Tech Museum The Tech Museum is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The museum - located in the Capital of Silicon Valley - is a non-profit learning resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing technologies affecting their lives. Through programs such as The Tech Challenge, our annual team design competition for youth, and internationally renowned programs such as The Tech Awards, presented by Applied Materials, Inc., The Tech Museum celebrates the Spirit of Silicon Valley by providing science and technology experiences that educate, inform, provoke thought and inspire action.