By Samantha Retamar, Communications Coordinator
November is a time of abundance, from Thanksgiving feasts with all the fixings to Black Friday deals that have shopping malls packed to the brim. While many families revel in this season of food and gifts, many Philabundance clients do not know where their next meal is coming from – or if they will have one at all.
Luckily for Philabundance, November is also a time of giving, with corporations, individuals and organizations helping us feed our neighbors in need. The following press coverage played a key role in shedding a light on food insecurity and highlighting the efforts of Philabundance’s allies in the fight against hunger:
1. Camp Out for Hunger
93.3 WMMR’s Preston and Steve’s Morning Show held its 21st annual Camp Out for Hunger from November 26-30 at Xfinity LIVE. The week-long event is the largest single location food drive in the country, accounting for more than one third of Philabundance’s food drive donations for the year.
This year, Camp Out for Hunger brought in 1.862 million pounds of food and approximately $200,000, providing food for hundreds of thousands of children, seniors and families across the Delaware Valley. Broadening awareness of the event and the crisis of hunger, outlets like 6ABC, The Daily News, FOX29 and NBC10 stopped by, and some even sent familiar faces to the live broadcast!
NBC10 anchors playing archery tag to raise food for PHLB 6ABC anchors live on air at Camp Out for Hunger
2. 6abc’s Holiday Food Drive & #GivingTuesday
6abc’s annual Holiday Food Drive Telethon was a great success! Hosted on #GivingTuesday, an international day of charitable giving, pledges from callers and online donors brought in almost $20,000 in donations to help feed our hungry neighbors. Donors who called in got to speak with some Philebrities, including Eagles Wide Receiver Alshon Jeffery, radio personality Mina SayWhat and 6ABC anchor Jim Gardner.
In honor of #GivingTuesday, Philabundance’s Julia Kropf was interviewed about how 6abc viewers could help Philabundance reach its #GivingTuesday goal.
3. Hunger in Philadelphia Increased 22 Percent Over Six Years
In early November, Hunger Free America released a study that found hunger in Philadelphia has risen 22 percent over six years. To discuss these deplorable numbers, Hunger Free America hosted a press conference at Philabundance, highlighting the ways in which we can alleviate the hunger crisis in our area.
Outlets including 6abc, Billy Penn, Daily News, FOX29, Philly.com and the Philadelphia Inquirer reported on the staggering numbers.
4. Eagles Wide Receiver Hands Out Nearly 400 Thanksgiving Meals
— Philabundance (@Philabundance) November 21, 2018
Eagles’ wide receiver Alshon Jeffery teamed up with ACME, Philabundance and Tilden Middle School to provide Tilden students and their families with free Thanksgiving meals. Alshon distributed 382 turkey dinners with all the fixings to those in need and did not leave the school until every family in line got a meal.
Other Press Highlights:
- Sen. Bob Casey to make a trip to Philly on Monday ahead of the holidays
- Philly artist sells hand-painted Chinese food containers to help the hungry
- Giant donates 9.5K turkeys to food banks
- Money Moves: These Philly impact orgs received a collective $3,921,660 in grants this fall
- THE CITIZEN’S (ALTERNATIVE) GIVING GUIDE
- Couple volunteers to help neighbors in need all year long
- Philly could populate Pittsburgh with its hungry – Mike Newall
- IN FOCUS: Area Nonprofits Helping Our Local Community
- Hazon to hold Food Summit in Philadelphia