Over 200,000 Children Face Hunger in the Delaware Valley
Philabundance, The Fresh Grocer, Gene and Marlene Epstein Humanitarian Fund and 101.1 More FM Help by Raising $20K
Philadelphia, PA (Feb. 14, 2017)— Philabundance and its partners will Spread the Love to children facing hunger from February 14 through February 28 by raising $20,000—enough to purchase over 16,000 jars of peanut butter. Peanut butter is a most-needed food item because it is healthy and nutritious but many families in the Delaware Valley cannot afford this important source of protein.
The community’s impact will be doubled thanks to the Gene and Marlene Epstein Humanitarian Fund, which will match donations dollar for dollar up to $10,000 until February 21. Since Philabundance purchases food in bulk, it is able to stretch donations further to purchase more peanut butter. Donations can be made online at https://www.philabundance.org/spreadthelove2017.
Additionally, its nonprofit grocery store, Fare & Square, will offer customers a special deal on peanut butter—two jars for $3—throughout February.
The Burns’ Family Fresh Grocer will also contribute to feeding our community’s hungry children by donating one pallet, or 1,620 jars of peanut butter with a retail value of $3,200.
“Our annual Spread the Love campaign not only raises awareness of the 1 in 3 kids in need we serve each week, but also increases donations for an important pantry staple item —peanut butter,” said Glenn Bergman, Executive Director of Philabundance. “In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we hope others will join the fight against hunger and feed kids in need.”
On Thursday, February 23 at 10:30 am, Philabundance will host a press event featuring 5th graders from Bethany Christian School of Chester County. The students will drop off jars of peanut butter collected as part of their month long, school-wide service project and share why they think it is important to give back to help kids their age.
To learn more about our Spread the Love campaign or how to get involved in raising funds for kids in need, please contact Amanda White at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-339-0900 x1501.
Philabundance is the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, serving more than 90,000 people each week in nine counties in PA and Southern NJ. Of those served, 30 percent are children, 16 percent are seniors, and adults served include students, the working poor and single parents. In 2016, Philabundance rescued more than 10 million pounds of food and distributed 23 million pounds through its own distribution programs, and a network of 350 agencies. A one dollar donation provides two meals – Give now or learn more at Philabundance.org.
About 101.1 MORE FM
WBEB 101.1 FM is an adult contemporary radio station broadcasting in the Philadelphia market. Founded in 1963 by David Kurtz and Jerry Lee, WBEB is credited with many industry firsts and has enjoyed consistent Top 10 ratings for decades. The station is currently owned and operated by Jerry Lee. It remains the only stand-alone, major market FM radio station in the country.