Rent-A-Center and Its Employees and Customers Donate $317,000 to Hunger Relief

  Rent-A-Center and Its Employees and Customers Donate $317,000 to Hunger

       Company also donates 132 refrigerators to food banks nationwide

Business Wire

PLANO, Texas -- October 19, 2012

In support of Hunger Action Month, Rent-A-Center, Inc. (NASDAQ:RCII) donated
more than $250,000 to food banks across the country in September. The donation
was tied to Rent-A-Center’s national campaign, dubbed Soup to Nuts, and aimed
at helping food banks meet increased demands of their services.

In addition to the monetary donations, each of 11 food banks received 12 new
refrigerators. Food banks made these refrigerators available to their partner
hunger-relief agencies.

The food banks in receipt of $20,000 contributions are located in the
following cities: Atlanta; Lexington; Kansas City; Pittsburgh; Phoenix;
Detroit; Los Angeles; New Orleans; Washington, D.C.; and Shoreline,
Washington. The North Texas Food Bank, located near Rent-A-Center’s Plano,
Texas headquarters, received $50,000.

These donations are in addition to the recent grassroots hunger-relief
initiative staged across Rent-A-Center’s 3000-plus stores. During the Soup to
Nuts campaign, stores distributed paper grocery-bag tags in exchange for
hunger-relief donations. The stores raised over $67,000, all of which is
earmarked for food banks across the country.

“In challenging times, it’s especially important that we support the
communities we serve,” said Mitch Fadel, president and COO of Rent-A-Center
and a board member of the North Texas Food bank. “Partnering with a variety of
deserving food banks allows us to broaden our reach.”

Rent-A-Center’s support of hunger relief dates to 2002.

Rent-A-Center (NASDAQ: RCII), headquartered in Plano, Texas, operates more
than 3,000 stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico. The
company employs over 18,900 coworkers. Learn more at


Rent-A-Center, Inc.
Xavier Dominicis, 800-275-2696 x 1025
VP of Public Affairs
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