Vanguard Crew wins Philabundance hunger drive competition
Philabundance, the region’s largest hunger relief organization, announced the Vanguard Crew as the winner of the 2011-2012 Corporate Beet Down competition.
Campbell Soup Co. came in close second place and Bank of America secured third.
Over the course of a year, participating corporations racked up points by sorting food, packing boxes, holding Philabundance benefit events, attending the Walk Against Hunger, holding food drives, fund drives or a combination of all of the above. Points are earned on a per person, per hour basis for most activities, but there are plenty of opportunities for bonus points so that the competition has variety.
“The purpose of the competition is really to give companies a way for their employees to become engaged in the community, while at the same time helping them learn more about the issues surrounding hunger,” said Marianne Lynch, director of development at Philabundance. “With 1 in 7 Americans in poverty, we need more community support than ever before to fight hunger in the Delaware Valley.”
Vanguard, a long-time supporter of Philabundance, earned a grand total of 1,952 points. The Tredyffrin-based Vanguard took over first place by regularly volunteering at Philabundance’s Hunger Relief Center, sorting and packing food as well as conducting the largest corporate food drive that is held for Philabundance.
This year, the Vanguard Crew’s food drive “All Cans on Deck,” brought in nearly 20 tons of food equating to nearly 40,000 meals for people in need in the Delaware Valley.
“The Vanguard Crew has been a tremendous competitor this year and continues to reign as the Corporate Beet Down Champ for the second year in a row,” said Ms. Lynch, “We are thrilled they won, but I think it is important to note that all organizations involved are very important partners in the fight against hunger and we could not fulfill our mission without them. Congratulations to the Vanguard Crew for all of their hard work and dedication over the last year.”
For more information, visit http://www.philabundance.org/take-action/partnership-sponsorship/corporate-beet-down/ or call Marianne Lynch, director of development, 215-339-0900, extension 246 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.