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Nationwide Insurance Foundation Gives Philabundance $30,000

Funds Come at a Time of Great Need, Says President 

Philabundance today announced that they have received a grant of $30,000 from the Nationwide Insurance Foundation which will provide 60,000 meals for people in need.  Philabundance is receiving the funds as a part of a $1.25 million donation being made to the national office of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization and 19 of its member food banks in communities where Nationwide associates live and work.

“We are very pleased to receive this donation from the Nationwide Insurance Foundation,” said Bill Clark, president and executive director, Philabundance. “Community support is so important right now as Philabundance experiences 98 percent more people coming to us for food over the last three years.”

“Nationwide is honored to support Philabundance,” said Chad Jester, president of the Nationwide Insurance Foundation. “We’re also proud of the Nationwide associates who selflessly give their time and energy in support of hunger-relief initiatives. At Nationwide, we believe that we can do more together than we can alone.”

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Local Nationwide representatives presented Philabundance with a check for $30,000 at Philabundance’s Hunger Relief Center. (Photo Credit: Philabundance. From Left to right: Joe Finelli, SVP, Nationwide Funds, Lee Cummings, SVP Fund Administration, Mike Russo, AVP, Manager Strateges, Tina Rothfuss, deputy director of fundraising, Philabundance, Tim Gurgeon, COO, Jennifer McDonnell, AVP and Todd Berington, AVP, Sales)

In addition to Nationwide Insurance Foundation’s financial support, thousands of Nationwide associates donate to food drives and volunteer at food banks throughout the country each year. In 2010, Feeding America awarded Nationwide Insurance the Group Volunteer Service of the Year Award for the company’s work with the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.

The grant funding is coming at a time of particular need as food insecurity remains high across the Delaware Valley according to Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap data. For example, in the Delaware Valley, nearly 15 percent of residents are food-insecure. 

About Philabundance

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 through neighborhood distribution programs and a network of close to 500 member agencies in 9 counties. Philabundance serves approximately 65,000 people per week at a 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 2012, Philabundance distributed nearly 25 million pounds of food. For more information about Philabundance, visit www.philabundance.org or call 215-339-0900. Visit us on Facebook, Facebook.com/Philabundance and follow us on Twitter, Twitter.com/Philabundance. If you or someone you know is in need of food assistance, please call Philabundance’s Food Help Line, 800-319-Food (3663).

About the Nationwide Insurance Foundation

The Nationwide Insurance Foundation is an independent corporation funded by contributions from Nationwide companies. Founded in 1959, the Nationwide Insurance Foundation has committed more than $310 million since 2000 to help nonprofit organizations in communities where Nationwide customers, associates, agents and their families live and work. Just as Nationwide supports its customers in their moment of need, the company’s involvement in its home communities is focused on supporting organizations that help people facing critical or immediate need. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com/corporatecitizenship.

About Feeding America

Feeding America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, our network members supply food to more than 37 million Americans each year, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks support 61,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms. For more information on how you can fight hunger in your community and across the country, visit http://www.feedingamerica.org. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or follow our news on Twitter at twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.

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