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Philabundance, ShopRite and WXPN Team Up to Fight Hunger

Grocery store to donate six meals to Philabundance for every XPN membership pledge

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – May 15, 2009- Philabundance, the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, ShopRite and WXPN have teamed up to fight hunger in Philadelphia during XPN’s Spring Fund Drive. On May 13, ShopRite started donating six meals to Philabundance for every XPN membership pledge that comes in during the on-air drive, which ends on May 21.

“We’re extremely grateful for this partnership. WXPN’s ability to reach hundreds of thousands of people will help raise the visibility of hunger in our area and secure additional meals for the community through ShopRite’s support,” said Bill Clark, president and executive director of Philabundance. “Philabundance and other hunger relief organizations are struggling to meet the rising demand for food assistance in this difficult economy. The meals we receive through this partnership will help offset that obstacle.”

The community partnership could bring in nearly 25,000 meals for Philabundance, feeding those in need in the greater Philadelphia and southern New Jersey areas.

“More than 900,000 people in the Delaware Valley are at risk of going to bed hungry every night,” said Christine Magyarits, Manager, Community Relations at ShopRite. “We proudly support the mission of Philabundance and are thrilled to participate in this partnership.”

The theme of WXPN’s Spring Fund Drive is ‘community connections.’ Pledges will help XPN members connect with artists who rely on local radio airplay and a community of music supporters.

“Working with Philabundance and ShopRite is a perfect fit for our Spring Fund Drive,” said WXPN General Manager Roger LaMay. “We’re excited to partner with community groups to help fight hunger right here in Philadelphia.”

To make a pledge to WXPN and donate to Philabundance, please visit https://secure.publicbroadcasting.net/wxpn/default/form.pledgemain.

ABOUT Philabundance
Philabundance is the region’s largest hunger relief organization fighting hunger and malnutrition in the Delaware Valley. Philabundance provides a full plate of services to close to 600 member agencies in 10 counties, who serve approximately 900,000 low income residents. Philabundance provides food to approximately 65,000 people per week, at an aggregate cost of less than 30 cents per meal. In 2008, Philabundance, distributed 17 million pounds of food in the Delaware Valley. For more information about Philabundance, call 215-339-0900 or visit philabundance.org.

ABOUT WXPN
WXPN, the nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio and the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots and folk, is the non-commercial, member-supported radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe®, public radio’s most popular program of popular music hosted by David Dye and syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award winning Kids Corner hosted by Kathy O’Connell. WXPN also produces the alternative rock service, Y-Rock On XPN (yrockonxpn.org) as its secondary radio channel in HD. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM and the world via online streaming at XPN.org.

ABOUT ShopRite Partners in Caring
ShopRite Partners In Caring is a community-based, hunger-fighting initiative that works with more than 50 food industry manufacturers to support charitable agencies and food banks in ShopRite’s trading areas. Since its founding in 1999, ShopRite Partners In Caring has donated $20 million to more than 1,400 of these organizations. Today, the ShopRite Partners In Caring program supports 23 regional food banks and more than 1,400 charitable agencies with food or meal components. With a $2 million annual donation, more than $20 million has been donated since 1999 in the fight against hunger.

For more on the program, visit ShopRitePartnersInCaring.org

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