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

Hunger Action Month 2010: 30 Ways in 30 Days

PHILADELPHIA — September 7, 2010 – Philabundance, the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, announces Hunger Action Month 2010: 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. 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.

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:

Harvester of Hope Award– Annual award is recognizing Vanguard and Patrick Donovan for their initiatives in fighting hunger in the Delaware Valley.

Squash Hunger Day Sept. 11 at Linvilla Orchards, 20 percent of proceeds from Pick-your-Own apples benefit Philabundance, with activities for the whole family.

Corporate Beet Down Kickoff on Sept.14. Corporate Beet Down is a year-long competition between companies to sort, pack and volunteer for Philabundance, rolling sign-up.

Home Run Against Hunger – The Phillies play the Florida Marlins on Sept. 15. Homeruns to benefit Philabundance through Hatfield Quality Meats.

Share the Harvest– Drop-off your extra fruits and veggies through Sept. 25 at designated locations that can be found at www.philabundance.org.

Harvester of Hope Award
In addition to the various daily events and activities planned for September, Philabundance will be recognizing Vanguard and Patrick Donovan with the Harvester of Hope Award. The Harvester of Hope Award is given by Philabundance in recognition of those individuals or organizations who are leading the way in the spirit of fighting hunger and helping our neighbors throughout the Delaware Valley. Vanguard, one of the world’s largest investment management companies headquartered in Valley Forge, is being recognized as the largest corporate food drive in the Delaware Valley for 2010. Patrick Donovan, a young man with autism and who is deaf, is being recognized for collecting and donating 500 cans of baby formula to Philabundance. Their efforts are setting an example of how each of us can make a difference in our community.

Squash Hunger Day
Philabundance is celebrating Hunger Action Month and their annual Share the Harvest program with Squash Hunger Day on Saturday, Sept. 11, at Linvilla Orchards in Media, Delaware County. Linvilla Orchards will donate 20 percent of all proceeds from those you participate in Pick-Your-Own apples as well as provide participants with a buy-one, get-one free coupon for their mazes. Fun for the whole family, Squash Hunger Day will include kids’ activities, including face painting, a live radio broadcast by WXTU, raffles and giveaways, and more. Attendees are invited to bring and donate a can or any extra produce from their gardens to Philabundance.

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.

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