Food Network, Whole Foods Market Donate Non-perishable Food to Create 45,000 Meals for Hungry Kids in Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA-( Business Wire )-  Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, First Lady Lisa Nutter and Bill Clark, executive director of Philabundance, prepare to walk bags of food donated by Food Network to a truck that will deliver non-perishable items provided by Whole Foods Market shoppers to Delaware Valley food assistance organization, Philabundance.

Food Network is joining with Share Our Strength, Whole Foods Market and Mayor Nutter’s office to raise awareness of childhood hunger in Philadelphia. The holiday food collection drive will help deliver 45,000 meals in the Philadelphia area by Christmas. Previous drives this month in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore collected enough non-perishable food items to prepare 90,000 meals.

Dry food donations are down about 7 percent in the Philadelphia region this year compared to 2010, while agencies served by Philabundance are experiencing a 26 percent increase in need.

FOOD NETWORK ( is a unique lifestyle network, website and magazine that connects viewers to the power and joy of food. The network strives to be viewers’ best friend in food and is committed to leading by teaching, inspiring and empowering through its talent and expertise. Food Network is distributed to more than 100 million U.S. households and averages more than 9.9 million unique web users monthly. Since launching in 2009, Food Network Magazine has tripled its rate base and delivers a circulation of 1.25 million. Headquartered in New York, Food Network has a growing international presence with programming in more than 150 countries, including 24 hour networks in Great Britain, India, Asia and Africa. Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), which also owns and operates Cooking Channel (, DIY Network (, Great American Country (, HGTV (, and Travel Channel (, is the manager and general partner.

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