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September Is HUNGER ACTION MONTH — Help Philabundance Raise Awareness of Hunger in Our Communities

Philabundance is providing 30 ways to fight hunger in 30 days

Philadelphia, Pa- September 4, 2013- September is Hunger Action Month, and food banks across the country like Philabundance are issuing a call-to-action mobilizing people in the Delaware Valley to participate in the fight against hunger through more than 30 different actions and events.

Hunger Action Month is an effort to mobilize the public to help Philabundance raise awareness of hunger across the Delaware Valley. According to Feeding America, the national network of food banks across the United States, one in six Americans face hunger. In the Delaware Valley alone, there are 900,000 people at risk of hunger. Philabundance is preparing 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 need for food assistance is expected to increase as stimulus funding to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/food stamps is expected to expire in November, leaving a family of three with $29 less each month, in addition to potential cuts to the program being proposed by congress in the Farm Bill.

“We work year-round to end hunger in the Delaware Valley but throughout September, we want to really mobilize our supporters to help us not only raise funds and food, but raise awareness of the issue of hunger and how it touches each neighborhood in the region,” said Bill Clark, president and executive director of Philabundance. “More people than ever before are coming to us for food. Without community support, we would not be able to serve 72,000 people each week which is why awareness is so important.”

For the second year, local and national personalities are participating in Hunger Action Month by writing their thoughts of hunger on empty paper plates. Participants include Tracy Davidson, consumer reporter at NBC 10 and The Ceres Society co-chair, Chef Nathan Volz, chef de cuisine of 10 Arts Bistro & Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia, Preston and Steve of the Preston and Steve Morning Show on 93.3 WMMR, Kelly and Chica from the Sunny Side Up Show on Sprout and WMGK’s Ray Koob and Andre
Gardner along with other local hunger heroes. Banners can be seen on www.philabundance.org.

Philabundance is offering an opportunity to take a daily stand against hunger by 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 www.philabundance.org/hungeractionmonth2013; a $30 donation will provide 60 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/hungeractionmonth2013, and check out the “30 Ways in 30 Days” calendar. Some of the events and programs planned this month include:

Share the Harvest– Drop-off your extra fruits and veggies through Sept. 21 at designated locations that can be found at www.philabundance.org/ShareTheHarvest.

Paper Plate Advocacy Project- Throughout September, Philabundance is asking neighbors across the Delaware Valley to write a message about hunger on an empty paper plate and send it in to Philabundance. The plates will then be sent to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett in Harrisburg. Participants can also post a photo of themselves with their plate to Philabundance’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/Philabundance. Photos will be printed and sent to Harrisburg. Mail to:

ATTN: Philabundance Paper Plate Advocacy Project

Philabundance

3616 South Galloway Street

Philadelphia, PA 19148

 Second Annual Hunger Symposium- On September 17th, Philabundance is holding the second annual Hunger Symposium: Perspectives on Hunger, sponsored by KYW Newsradio at The Hub at the Cira Center. The 2013 Hunger Symposium will bring together diverse perspectives, voices and experiences all focused on eradicating hunger. Hunger does not have one face, one cause, or one solution, but the impact is devastating. Be a part of the solution, share ideas and listen to different viewpoints to generate collaborative approaches to hunger relief. Learn more at www.philabundance.org/hungersymposium.

10Arts Bistro & Lounge Philabundance Burger- Chef Nathan Volz and 10 Arts Bistro and Lounge in the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia have created a special Philabundance burger. $1 from every burger ordered will benefit Philabundance. See how it’s made here.

PECO Building Lit for Hunger Action Month– throughout September, the PECO building in Philadelphia will be lit up for Hunger Action Month! Check out the skyline on September 4-5, September 16-17 and September 18-29.

Harvester of Hope Award– Philabundance will recognize an individual and an organization that go above and beyond in the fight against hunger. The recipients will be recognized at a special luncheon at Hard Rock Café Philadelphia on September 12th.

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).

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