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The Nutrition Coalition, Clemens Food Group and Philabundance Fight Hunger in The North Penn and Indian Valley Communities

Philadelphia, Pa. – June 6, 2011– On Friday, a group of Delaware Valley organizations kicked off a partnership that will further their efforts to fight hunger in the Greater North Penn and Indian Valley communities. This collaboration of organizations is working to provide six Montgomery County food pantries with frozen and refrigerated foods such as protein products that are vital for a healthy diet. Friday’s event was held at CFC Logistics in Quakertown, to officially set in motion the partnership between the Nutrition Coalition (NC), which is facilitated by The Food Trust, Clemens Food Group subsidiaries- Hatfield Quality Meats and CFC Logistics and Philabundance.

In order to help neighbors who need food in their community, Clemens Food Group’s Hatfield Quality Meats and CFC Logistics are donating and storing surplus protein products for Nutrition Coalition food pantries, which are also part of Philabundance’s agency network. Agencies can place an order each week and Philabundance will transport the product from CFC Logistics storage to the Manna On Main Street food pantry, a central pick up point for all of the NC agencies. Philabundance transports the food in refrigerated trucks to meet the USDA food handling guidelines. So far, three deliveries have been made to the food pantries totaling over 4,000 pounds of protein.

Nutrition Coalition food pantries include:
-Manna on Main Street in Lansdale
-Lamb Foundation in Lansdale
-Keystone Opportunity Center in Souderton
-Hatfield Church of the Brethren, Hatfield
-Emmanuel Evangelical Church, Hatfield
-Shepherd’s Shelf, Towamencin

“Manna on Main Street is excited about this partnership for the promise it holds in improving the lives of the people we serve,” said Tom Allebach, Executive Director at Manna on Main Street, Coalition member and the agency that serves as the Nutrition Coalition’s fiscal sponsor.

“The Nutrition Coalition put a priority on providing fresh, healthier options for pantry clients,” said Moriah Hall, Project Manager for the Nutrition Coalition at The Food Trust. “We are truly grateful to Clemens Food Group and Philabundance. Their willingness to share resources has made our goal a reality.”

“We are very excited about this partnership which enables us to touch thousands of lives right here in our own community,” stated Eric Haman, Corporate Communications Manager for Clemens Food Group. “This alliance gives us the opportunity to not only donate much needed protein to families in need, but in addition, allows us to offer much needed space to help safely store the product until it gets distributed.”

This alliance will help solve a longstanding issue that some agencies face: lack of transportation and refrigerated and frozen storage. Now, nutritious and expensive protein products will end up on the tables of those who need it most in the community.

“Philabundance is proud to be part of this collaborative effort to get nutritious perishable food items to people in need in the North Penn and Indian Valley communities,” said Bill Clark, president and executive director, Philabundance. “Philabundance is focusing on supporting our agencies in their communities so they can provide the food that is in great demand.”

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About Clemens Food Group
Clemens Food Group (CFG) is an integrated company based out of Hatfield, PA, offering pork manufacturing of well-known food brands, such as Hatfield Quality Meats and Nick’s Sausage, cold storage capabilities at CFC Logistics in Quakertown, and logistical and transportation services offered through PV Transport in Hatfield. CFG offers both foodservice and retail/club channels innovative food solutions and capabilities. For more information, visit www.clemensfoodgroup.com.

About The Food Trust
The Food Trust, a non-profit founded in 1992, strives to make healthy food available to all. Working with neighborhoods, schools, grocers, farmers and policymakers, The Food Trust has developed a comprehensive approach that combines nutrition education and greater availability of affordable, healthy food. To learn more about The Food Trust, visit thefoodtrust.org.

About Nutrition Coalition
The Nutrition Coalition, founded in 2006, is a network of food providers working together to increase access to healthier food and nutrition education. This project is facilitated by The Food Trust and funded by the North Penn Community Health Foundation. For a full list of participating partners, visit www.nutritioncoalition.org.

About Philabundance
Philabundance reduces hunger and food insecurity in the Delaware Valley by providing food access to people in need in partnership with organizations and individuals. Philabundance provides a full plate of services to close to 500 member agencies in 9 counties, who serve approximately 65,000 people per week at an aggregate cost of 50 cents per meal. There are more than 900,000 people in the Delaware Valley who are at risk for chronic hunger and malnutrition. In 2010, Philabundance distributed 21 million pounds of food. For more information about Philabundance, visit www.philabundance.org or call 215-339-0900.

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