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Spread the Love Food Drive: Peanut Butter and Jelly Needed

Philabundance teams up 95.7 BEN-FM and Shop Rite for February PB&J food drive

PHILADELPHIA – February 1, 2010– Love and peanut butter and jelly could be good candidates for the ultimate soul food combination – certainly they are both nourishing. From Feb. 1 through Valentine’s Day, Philabundance and 95.7 BEN-FM are conducting the SPREAD THE LOVE FOOD DRIVE with a focus on collecting peanut butter and jelly, food staples that are high in demand but rarely donated.

There are three designated sites across the Delaware Valley where people can drop off peanut butter and jelly: the Farmer’s Market at Suburban Square, Anderson and Coulter Avenues, Ardmore, PA; most stores at the Promenade at Sagemore, 500 Route 73 S # E1, Marlton, NJ; and Philabundance’s Galloway Street location in South Philadelphia (3616 South Galloway). Online donations can be made via Ben FM’s website, www.ilikebenfm.com, and all the proceeds will go to purchase peanut butter and jelly for people in need.

“Although something of a staple in many people’s cupboards, peanut butter and jelly are two food items rarely donated,” says Melanie Jumonville, Philabundance’s COO. “We are excited about the partnering with BEN-FM and Shop Rite on the Spread the Love food drive which will help us meet a great need for delicious and nutritious foods that are protein rich and have community appeal.”

An easy way to spread some love around in time for Valentine’s Day, the Food Drive in partnership with 95.7 Ben FM and morning host Marilyn Russell, will culminate with the station’s sixth annual MILE OF MEET event on Sunday, February 14 at the Manayunk Brewery. Eligible bachelors and bachelorettes attending the match-making event who bring peanut butter or jelly will receive a ticket for a love drink.

Shop Rite is providing generous donations of peanut butter and jelly through a Facebook campaign. In addition, Shop Rite will donate a jar of peanut butter or jelly for every Facebook fan Philabundance gets between Feb. 1 and 14. Shop Rite will donate an additional 20 cases of peanut butter if Philabundance reaches 100 new fans, and 20 cases of jelly if Philabundance reaches another 100 fans in that same time period.

“My on-going support of Philabundance dates back to 1997 and I’m thrilled they are the benefactor of Ben’s Valentine’s Day event – Mile of Meet, said Marilyn Russell, BEN-FM morning host. What a great day to open your heart for others, not to mention the good karma your generosity will invariably bring.”

“ShopRite has a longstanding relationship with Philabundance through our ShopRite Partners In Caring Program,” said Christine Magyarits, Community Relations manager for ShopRite. “Expanding this partnership into the realm of social media will help us to convey the issue of hunger to a new audience and bring help and hope to those in need.”

On Feb. 27, 2010, from 6 to 9 p.m., you can continue to support this effort by seeing Liimu at Fluid Nightclub in Philadelphia (613 South 4th Street). Liimu burst onto the scene as the top-watched soloist for Patti Labelle’s choir in the NBC hit “Clash of the Choirs.” Join her and other local artists pay tribute to the one-hit wonders of the 80s by performing cover tunes and original songs. A partner in the Spread the Love campaign, a portion of Liimu’s concert proceeds will benefit Philabundance. Bring a jar of peanut butter to the show and get Liimu’s CD for free.

For more information on participating in the Spread the Love Food Drive, call 215-339-0900 or visit www.philabundance.org, www.ilikebenfm.com, or check out Philabundance’s Facebook page and become a fan.

Philabundance is the region’s largest hunger relief organization fighting hunger and malnutrition in the Delaware Valley. Philabundance provides a full plate of services to close to 500 member agencies in 10 counties, who serve approximately 900,000 low income residents. Philabundance provides food to approximately 65,000 people per week, at an aggregate cost of less than 30 cents per meal. In 2008, Philabundance, distributed 17 million pounds of food in the Delaware Valley. For more information about Philabundance, call 215-339-0900 or visit www.philabundance.org.

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About ShopRite
ShopRite supermarkets are members of Wakefern Food Corporation, a retailer-owned cooperative, based in Keasbey, NJ. Through the more than 200 stores located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than five million customers each week. A long-time supporter of key community efforts, ShopRite was named Feeding America’s (formally named America’s Second Harvest) Grocery Distributor of the Year (1999) for its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, a year-round initiative dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities served by ShopRite stores. Since its inception, ShopRite Partners In Caring has donated more than $22 million to 1,500 worthy charities and food banks.

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