Philabundance Announces Vanguard as Champion of Corporate Beet Down For Second Year in a Row

Philadelphia, Pa.- October 1, 2012– Philabundance, the region’s largest hunger relief organization, announces the Vanguard Crew as the winner of the 2011-2012 Corporate Beet Down competition. Campbell Soup Company came in close second place and Bank of America secured third. Philabundance announced the winners at the 2012, Hunger Symposium reception that took place on September 12.

Over the course of a year, participating corporations racked up points by sorting food, packing boxes, holding Philabundance benefit events, attending the Walk Against Hunger, holding food drives, fund drives or a combination of all of the above. Points are earned on a per person, per hour basis for most activities, but there are plenty of opportunities for bonus points so that the competition has variety.

“The purpose of the competition is really to give companies a way for their employees to become engaged in the community, while at the same time helping them learn more about the issues surrounding hunger,” said Marianne Lynch, director of development at Philabundance. “With 1 in 7 Americans in poverty, we need more community support than ever before to fight hunger in the Delaware Valley.”

Vanguard, a long-time supporter of Philabundance, earned a grand total of 1,952 points. The Vanguard Crew took over first place by regularly volunteering at Philabundance’s Hunger Relief Center, sorting and packing food as well as conducting the largest corporate food drive that is held for Philabundance. This year, the Vanguard Crew’s food drive “All Cans on Deck,” brought in nearly 20 tons of food equating to nearly 40,000 meals for people in need in the Delaware Valley.

“The Vanguard Crew has been a tremendous competitor this year and continues to reign as the Corporate Beet Down Champ for the second year in a row,” said Ms. Lynch, “We are thrilled they won, but I think it is important to note that all organizations involved are very important partners in the fight against hunger and we could not fulfill our mission without them. Congratulations to the Vanguard Crew for all of their hard work and dedication over the last year.”

The 2013, Corporate Beet Down will begin October 1st and Philabundance is looking for new competitors. Registration is rolling and all companies are encouraged to participate. Corporate Beet Down gives organizations an opportunity to give back to their communities while strengthening relationships through volunteering and working together. For more information, please visit or call Marianne Lynch, director of development, 215-339-0900 x246 or email her at

(The Vanguard Crew earned the title of Corporate Beet Down Champs on Thursday, September 12 at Philabundance’s Hunger Symposium reception. From Left to right: Joe Miele, Kyra Scalea, Tami Wise, Kim Lynch, and David Cermak. Photo Credit: Chorus Photography)

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 direct service 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 2011, Philabundance distributed 21 million pounds of food. For more information about Philabundance, visit or call 215-339-0900. Visit us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter, If you or someone you know is in need of food assistance, please call Philabundance’s Food Help Line, 800-319-Food (3663).

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