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September Is HUNGER ACTION MONTH — Help Philabundance Fight Hunger in the Delaware Valley

Hunger Action Month 2011: 30 Ways in 30 Days

PHILADELPHIA — August 24, 2011 – Philabundance, the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, announces Hunger Action Month 2011: 30 Ways in 30 Days, a national call-to-action mobilizing people everywhere to get involved in the fight against hunger in America.

It is estimated that more than 900,000 people are food insecure in the region, which is why Philabundance in conjunction with Feeding America, the national network of 200 food banks, is asking everyone to take action throughout the month of September through the “30 Ways in 30 Days” campaign. This year, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and other celebrities are partnering with Feeding America food banks to raise awareness of hunger across the country. Check out Matt Damon’s PSA here.

Philabundance is gearing up to stock the shelves as the Winter months approach and utility bills increase, leaving neighbors in need with little money to feed their families. On top of this, Philabundance has seen a 22% increase in need over the last year and a 66% increase in need over the past two. The recent Feeding America Map the Meal Gap study shows that in 2009, nearly 14 percent of people living in the Delaware Valley are food insecure and more than 122.8 million meals were missed by those food insecure neighbors.

The “30 Ways in 30 Days” campaign is an opportunity to take a daily stand against hunger. Philabundance is providing a “30 ways in 30 Days” calendar guide of easy and impactful ways to fight hunger in the Delaware Valley. Different ways include “following” Philabundance on Twitter or participating in events and activities that help support Philabundance’s mission of getting food into the hands of those who need it most. Philabundance will also be welcoming monetary donations through the website; a $30 donation will provide 100 meals for people in need in the Delaware Valley.

Individuals who want to learn more are invited to visit Philabundance’s website, www.philabundance.org, and check out the “30 Ways in 30 Days” calendar. Some of the events and programs planned include:

  • First Annual Hunger Symposium– Join experts from around the country, as well as supporters and professionals in the field of hunger relief in a dialogue surrounding hunger relief and the challenges of food access on September 22, 2011.
  • Harvester of Hope Award- This annual award recognizes an individual and a business that go above and beyond in the fight against hunger in the Delaware Valley. Recipients will be announced in early to mid-September.
  • 10Arts Tasting Menu– 10 Arts Bistro and Lounge in the Ritz-Carlton have a special tasting menu where $1 of the cost directly benefits Philabundance.
  • Corporate Beet Down– Corporate Beet Down is a year-long competition between companies to sort, pack and volunteer for Philabundance. Kickoff is on Sept.14 but sign up is rolling.
  • Shire’s The Great Food Fight Registration- A region wide food drive competition between high schools. Last year, 20 schools participated raising 64 tons of food. Shire Pharmaceuticals awarded $10,000 to Germantown Friends School for collecting the most pounds of food per student and awarded Penncrest with $5,000 for raising the most pounds of food overall. Email thegreatfoodfight@shire.com for more information.

Throughout Hunger Action Month, participants can visit www.philabundance.org or call 215-339-0900 to learn more about how to help people struggling with hunger in the Delaware Valley. If you, or someone you know is in need of food please call Philabundance’s Food Helpline 800-319-FOOD (3663).

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 to close to 500 member agencies in 9 counties, who serve approximately 65,000 people per week at an aggregate 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.

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