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Philabundance Announces Vanguard as Champion of Corporate Beet Down

Photo Credit: Chorus Photography. Representatives from Vanguard, Left to Right: Tami Wise, Kim Lynch, Scott Conking, Kyra Scalea

Philadelphia, Pa.- October 19, 2011- Philabundance, the region’s largest hunger relief organization, announces Vanguard as the winner of the 2010-2011 Corporate Beet Down competition. Campbell Soup Company came in close second place and Bank of America secured third. Philabundance announced the winners at the 2011, Hunger Symposium reception that took place on September 21 at 10Arts at the Ritz Carlton.

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.

Vanguard, a long-time supporter of Philabundance, earned a grand total of 1,738 points. Vanguard joined the competition late, but managed to take 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, Vanguard’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.

“Vanguard has been a tremendous competitor this year and has really pulled off a come from behind victory,” 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 Vanguard for all of their hard work and dedication over the last 10 months.”

The 2012, Corporate Beet Down just began and Philabundance is looking for new competitors. Registration is rolling and all companies are encouraged to participate. Corporate Beet Down gives organizations an opportunity to give back to their communities while strengthening relationships through volunteering and working together. For more information, please visit https://www.philabundance.org/take-action/partnership-sponsorship/corporate-beet-down/ or call Marianne Lynch, director of development, 215-339-0900 x246 or email her at mlynch@philabundance.org.

Philabundance reduces hunger and food insecurity in the Delaware Valley by providing food access to people in need in partnership with organizations and individuals. Philabundance provides a full plate of services to close to 500 member agencies in 9 counties, who serve approximately 65,000 people per week and can provide 2 meals for one dollar. There are more than 900,000 people in the Delaware Valley who are at risk for chronic hunger and malnutrition. In 2010, Philabundance distributed 21 million pounds of food. For more information about Philabundance, visit www.philabundance.org or call 215-339-0900.

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