Funds Come at a Time of Great Need

Philadelphia, Pa.- May 23, 2012 – Philabundance, the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, today announced that they have received a grant of $30,000 from the Nationwide Insurance Foundation.  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 21 of its member food banks in communities where Nationwide Insurance employees live and work.

“Philabundance is thrilled to receive this donation from the Nationwide Insurance Foundation and it couldn’t come at a better time,” said Marianne Lynch, director of development for Philabundance. “Summer months mean more families coming to us for food.  In fact, there are nearly 500,000 children in the Delaware Valley that may not have access to the free and reduced lunches they get during the school year putting a greater strain on families trying to make ends meet. This donation is truly going to make a difference for those families and children.”

“Nationwide is honored to support Philabundance,” said Brian O’Dell Regional Vice President. “We’re also proud of the Nationwide employees of Southeastern Pennsylvania who selflessly give of their time and energy in support of hunger-relief initiatives. At Nationwide, we believe we can do more together than we can alone.”
In addition to Nationwide Insurance Foundation’s financial support, thousands of Nationwide employees donate to food drives and volunteer at food banks across 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 Foodbank.
The grant funding is coming at a time of particular need as food insecurity remains high in the Delaware Valley according to Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap data. For example, in the Delaware Valley 14 percent of residents are food insecure.

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