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Share your harvest with Philabundance

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Philabundance, the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger-relief organization, is gearing up for the annual Share the Harvest program. Planting season is almost here and Philabundance is asking gardeners to dedicate their garden to or sow an extra row for Philabundance and donate the produce to help their neighbors in need.

Share the Harvest encourages home gardeners to grow fruits and vegetables or collect any surplus produce from their harvest and donate to Philabundance to fight hunger in the Delaware Valley. From July 7 through Sept. 23, 2012, Philabundance will accept produce donations on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon at 11 locations throughout the Delaware Valley. Locally, donations can be taken to  Albrecht’s Garden Center Nursery at 650 Montgomery Ave., Narberth, and St. Asaph’s Church, 27 Conshohocken State Road, Bala Cynwyd.

Each week volunteers will take the donated produce to area food pantries in their community that are Philabundance agencies.

Philabundance and the agencies they serve experienced a 26-percent increase in need compared to last year. On a nationwide scale, the USDA’s Food Hardship Study released in late 2011 is reporting that the tough economy saw more than 48.8 million Americans struggle to get enough food to eat in 2010, causing a greater strain on hunger-relief organizations across the country.

In 2010, 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).

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