Vanguard’s Employees Donate More Than 39,000 Meals to Philabundance for People in Need
Vanguard’s annual “All Cans on Deck” collects more than 1 million items nation-wide
Philadelphia, Pa. – August 14, 2012– This summer, Vanguard donated more than 39,000 meals to Philabundance, the region’s largest hunger relief organization, through their 16th annual “All Cans on Deck” food drive. The food drive, held in multiple Vanguard locations across the country, ran from June 20 through July 6. This year, the campaign focused on creating healthy meals.
Each year, Vanguard’s All Cans on Deck drive collects hundreds of thousands of food, personal care, and other items for neighbors in need. Vanguard’s 2012, All Cans on Deck donations totaled 1,009,474 items across all locations.
Vanguard also currently holds the title as Philabundance’s 2011 Corporate Beet Down winner. Over the course of a year, participating corporations racked up points by sorting food, packing boxes, holding Philabundance benefit events, attending the Walk Against Hunger, holding food drives, fund drives or a combination of all of the above.
“Vanguard and its employees emulate true community partnership and support,” said Bill Clark, president and executive director of Philabundance. “We look forward to their food drive every year; it gives us a boost in food during a time when donations tend to be down. It really makes a difference in helping us feed families in need during the summer months.”
Close to 300,000 students in the Delaware Valley are enrolled in the school meal program that provides free and reduced lunches during the school year. Families that participate in the school meals program may struggle to put more food on the table this summer to feed their children to cover the missed meals.
“The local agencies told us they have difficulty feeding individuals and families who don’t get enough to eat every day,” said Kim Lynch, Vanguard principal, Institutional Investor Group, and the sponsor of All Cans on Deck. “To reinforce the most critical needs, the All Cans on Deck team created a sample shopping list with the most-requested healthy foods, such as canned meat, fish, vegetables, and fruit; peanut butter and jelly; pasta and rice; soups and stews; cereals; and bottled water.”
All items collected are given to more than a dozen food banks, pantries, and agencies that organize food distribution in Arizona, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
In Pennsylvania, nearly 2 dozen crew volunteers used VTO (Volunteer Time off) and Paid Time Off in mid-July to help unload, sort, and shelve our donations at the agencies.
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 through direct service programs and a network of close to 500 member agencies in 9 counties. Philabundance serves approximately 65,000 people per week at a 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 2011, 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).