Philabundance Recognizes Bank of America with the Harvester of Hope Award
Philadelphia, Pa.- October 1, 2012- Philabundance, the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, honored Bank of America with the Harvester of Hope Award during Hunger Action Month for the bank’s dedication to the fight against hunger.
Bill Clark, president and executive director of Philabundance honors Bank of America with the Harvester of Hope Award. (From left to right: Bill Clark, president and executive director of Philabundance, Tom Woodward, Pennsylvania State president and Philadelphia market president, Bank of America and Bassam Awadalla, consumer market executive, Bank of America and Philabundance board member)
The Harvester of Hope Award, presented during the second annual Hunger Symposium earlier this month, is given by Philabundance in recognition of individuals or organizations that are leading the way in the spirit of fighting hunger and helping our neighbors throughout the Delaware Valley.
“Bank of America is a true partner in the fight against hunger. They constantly go above and beyond the call of duty to help people in need in the communities in which they live and work,” said Bill Clark, president and executive director of Philabundance. “Not only do they provide monetary support, which is truly needed and appreciated, but they provide man power through monthly volunteer days.”
Bank of America recently awarded Philabundance with a $200,000 Neighborhood Builder grant and has provided an additional $300,000 to Philabundance during the past three years.
Bank of America’s commitment is more than financial. One day each month, about 30 Bank of America employees donate their time to volunteer at Philabundance’s Hunger Relief Center. Last year alone, Bank of America employees contributed 1,000 volunteer hours. The Bank of America team participated in Corporate Beet Down, a friendly competition between companies in the Delaware Valley that gave them a chance to rack up points through volunteering and holding food and fund drives.
Because of the strong and longstanding partnership between Philabundance and Bank of America, many needy residents of the Delaware Valley have access to food.
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 www.philabundance.org or call 215-339-0900. Visit us on Facebook, Facebook.com/Philabundance and follow us on Twitter, Twitter.com/Philabundance. If you or someone you know is in need of food assistance, please call Philabundance’s Food Help Line, 800-319-Food (3663).