The memory of John Lennon, who was assassinated on December 9, 1980 is
stepping up to help as the economic crisis worsens and more Americans
need assistance to survive the recession. Liverpool-born Michael Towner,
President of Boca Raton, Florida based Foundation Consultants, has
secured an agreement between Yoko Ono Lennon and Feeding America, to
bring the “Imagine” specialty license plate nationwide in the United
Yoko has graciously agreed to allow the use of the famous self-portrait
of John Lennon as the central logo, coupled with the word “Imagine” and
a background of clouds, which has already been approved by the State of

As of October 31, 2008, 31,445 “Imagine” specialty license
plates have been issued (, raising $786,125.00 for
the Florida Association of Food Banks, Inc. (, a member of
Feeding America, to fund programs to end hunger in Florida. 

“Imagine is a great word to spread around and I was happy to do this
because it is helping a very important charity.”
Feeding America is the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity
with their network members supplying food to more than 25 million
Americans each year, including 9 million children and 3 million seniors
( “As the economic crisis worsens, more and
more people are coming to food pantries and soup kitchens served by our
network of food banks, desperately seeking help to feed themselves and
their families,” said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding

A survey of Feeding America Food Banks in May 2008 reported average
increases of 15-20% in the number of people seeking emergency food
assistance compared to a year prior. More recent economic conditions are
forcing even more people to seek help from local feeding organizations.
Michael Towner states: “We are following on from our efforts in Florida
to take the plate to Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Illinois and then
move into the remaining 17 states that provide a revenue generating
specialty license plate program. This will have a tremendous impact and
provide critical funding to alleviate hunger in those states where they
are now facing increased demand and decreased funding. I am sure John
would smile as he sees his image on cars throughout the U.S.A.”
Specialty license plates are the official state tags on vehicles, which
cost an additional fee, raising funds for worthy charitable causes, some
of which are completely funded by the proceeds. Each state has different
rules regarding the creation of new specialty plates. 

The Florida Association of Food Banks (FAFB) was established in January
1993 and is a 501c(3) charitable organization, committed to making sure
that families that need food can get it in a dignified manner and in a
way that serves as a real safety net for those who fall on difficult

The FAFB’s sixteen member food banks serve all 67 counties in the state
of Florida. FAFB is affiliated with Feeding Americathe nation’s leading
hunger-relief organization, which has a nationally recognized food
distribution system and has 200 member food banks throughout the
country. Food banks provide food to other community based agencies that
directly provide food to men, women and children facing hunger. More
than 9 million children are estimated to be served by Feeding America,
over 2 million of which are ages 5 and under. 1 in 8 Americans is
struggling with hunger.


Feeding America 
Doug Montgomery
(773) 459-1043
[email protected]

Judith Gatti
(305) 633-9861
[email protected]

Foundation Consultants
Boca Raton
Michael Towner
[email protected]