High Schools Invited to Join Shire`s Great Food Fight! Benefitting Philabundance to Combat Region`s Growing Hunger Problem

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High Schools Invited to Join Shire’s Great Food Fight! Benefitting Philabundance to Combat Region’s Growing Hunger Problem

Seven schools in Southeastern Pennsylvania to win a combined $20,000

High schools throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania are invited to participate in Shire’s Great Food Fight! Benefitting Philabundance to help raise food in support of families in need across the Greater Philadelphia region. All participating schools will have the opportunity to compete for a prize of $10,000, $5,000 or $1,000 while joining forces to achieve an ambitious goal: collect 100 tons of food – which is equivalent to 200,000 meals – for Philabundance over a two week period.

High school students, parents and faculty members can encourage their principals and school administrators to sign up now for this unique, region-wide food drive. In 2010, the first year of Shire’s Great Food Fight! Benefitting Philabundance, 18 schools collected 64 tons of food over the two week competition – making it one of the most successful efforts ever to raise food in the Greater Philadelphia region. The need for food assistance is up 66 percent over the past two years, and this community service project developed by Shire and Philabundance is designed to engage students while helping to eradicate hunger in the area.

“We are very excited to work in partnership with Shire on year two of the Great Food Fight!, and we encourage many more schools to step up and rally their students to collect food that will be used to help families across the Delaware Valley who are struggling to put healthy meals on their kitchen tables,” said Bill Clark, executive director of Philabundance.

Shire will award seven prizes: $10,000 to the school that raises the most food as measured in pounds, $5,000 for the school that collects the most food in pounds per student and $1,000 to the school in each of the five Southeastern Pennsylvania counties that collects the most food in pounds. The eligible counties in Shire’s Great Food Fight! Benefitting Philabundance are Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia.

The deadline for high schools to register for Shire’s Great Food Fight! Benefitting Philabundance is December 31, 2011. The collection drive runs February 15 – March 2, 2012. For more information visit

Notes to Editors

About Hunger in the Delaware Valley

According to the Census Bureau, in 2009 the number of people living in poverty rose in the double digits from the region’s poorest county, Philadelphia (11.3 percent) to the most affluent county, Chester (10.7 percent). Today, there are 900,000 at risk of hunger in the Delaware Valley. At the same time, Philabundance agencies have seen a 66 percent increase in the need for food.


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 at an aggregate cost of 50 cents per meal. 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 or call 215-339-0900.


Shire’s strategic goal is to become the leading specialty biopharmaceutical company that focuses on meeting the needs of the specialist physician. Shire focuses its business on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, human genetic therapies, gastrointestinal diseases, and regenerative medicine. With more than 1,000 employees in the greater Philadelphia region, Shire is proud to support Philabundance and other area organizations that make a difference in our communities.

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