Shire and Philabundance announce ‘The Great Food Fight!’ drive

Main Line Suburban Life

High schools throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania are invited to join Shire Pharmaceuticals’ “The Great Food Fight!” This is the first regional student food drive to fight hunger. The goal: to collect 25 tons of food – the equivalent of 50,000 meals – for Philabundance and the thousands of local families who rely on its food services. Shire will present the school that collects the most food per student a grand prize of $10,000.

“With their unbridled energy and ‘we can do it’ mindset, teenagers can accomplish great things,” said Shire president Mike Cola. “We believe that high schools in every county will step up and show how their students can put food on the table for parents struggling to feed their children, seniors who can’t make ends meet and all the hungry people Philabundance serves.”

Philabundance says it serves about 900,000 hungry people in the Delaware Valley, that number is growing and at the same time food donations are down 20 percent.

“A regional high-school food drive has never been attempted in the Northeast United States before. But we know that when area high-school students get wind of ‘The Great Food Fight!’ they’re going to energize entire communities and we can’t wait to hear about their successes,” said Philabundance president and CEO Bill Clark.

The winning school can use the $10,000 prize for any school-approved project, event, activity or equipment.

The registration deadline for Shire’s The Great Food Fight! is Aug. 31, 2010. High schools in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties are eligible to participate in the collection drive, which runs Oct. 1-15, 2010.

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