Temple, Fresh Grocer donate to Philabundance
Temple men’s basketball and Burns’ Family Fresh Grocer ‘Three’s For Hunger’ program culminates with large donation for Philabundance
Temple men’s basketball, Learfield’s Temple Sports Properties and The Fresh Grocer of Progress Plaza teamed up this season to give back to Philabundance, the Delaware Valley’s largest food bank. For every three-point basket made during the 2015-16 men’s basketball regular season, The Fresh Grocer of Progress Plaza set aside one case of nonperishable food for Philabundance.
The Fresh Grocer, along with Temple head coach Fran Dunphy, a number of his players and members of the Temple Athletics administration, delivered and unloaded truckloads full of donated goods at Philabundance’s warehouse located at 302 W. Berks St.
The Temple men’s team connected on 237 three-point baskets during the 2015-16 regular season, which means 237 cases were donated. It was a banner year for the Owls in three-point shooting as they led the American Athletic Conference in that category.
“This partnership with the Burns Family and The Fresh Grocer of Progress Plaza has been a great success,” said Dunphy in a statement. “Any chance we have to help the community we embrace, and the fact that we were able to help give back to our neighbors just by making threes in tremendous.”
“This has been a banner year for Temple athletics, not just on the playing field, but in the classroom and in community initiatives such as this one. This has been a wonderful partnership and has provided us an excellent opportunity to give back to the neighborhood,” said Dr. Patrick Kraft, Temple University director of athletics in a statement.
Donated items consisted of a variety of nonperishable items identified by Philabundance as a priority for the hungry in the community.
“Philabundance is grateful to Temple University’s men’s basketball team and the Burns’ Family Fresh Grocer of Progress Plaza for their Three’s for Hunger program, which will provide 237 cases of needed items to help feed our neighbors in need,” said Glenn Bergman, executive director of Philabundance, in a statement.