Philabundance Asks Neighbors to Collect Coins in Lieu of Candy For Those In Need This Halloween
Philadelphia, Pa.- October 21, 2011- Philabundance, the region’s largest hunger relief organization, is asking families across the Delaware Valley to Scare Hunger out of our communities this Halloween. On October 31st, Philabundance is proposing families ask neighbors for coins in lieu of collecting candy while trick-or-treating. For only $1, Philabundance can provide two meals to neighbors in need in the Delaware Valley.
Rising food and gas prices coupled with a high unemployment rate are straining many families in communities across the Delaware Valley. Philabundance has seen a 22% increase in need over the last year and a 66% increase in need over the past two years. And, according to the Census Bureau there are more than 200,000 children in the Delaware Valley who live in poverty and nearly one in three Philadelphians live in poverty. Philabundance needs the support of neighbors in the Delaware Valley now, more than ever to meet this mounting need. For more information and a tool kit, please visit www.philabundance.org/scarehunger.
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 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 2010, Philabundance distributed 21 million pounds of food. For more information about Philabundance, visit www.philabundance.org or call 215-339-0900.