Since opening our doors 30 years ago, Philabundance and our partner agencies, which consist of food pantries, emergency kitchens and shelters, have seen tremendous growth in the amount of people needing emergency food assistance. We have seen 143% more people coming to us for food over the last four years and we don’t anticipate the need slowing down at all.
It is hard to believe that three decades later we are working harder than ever to provide nourishment to nearly 900,000 people in the Delaware Valley who don’t know where their next meal will come from. Without the support of community members and partner organizations, Philabundance couldn’t deliver 75,000 pounds each week,
As soon as the warm weather strikes and a new season begins, the Delaware Valley prepares to cheer on their favorite baseball team. As much as the Phillies provide fans with a sense of community and summertime entertainment, they also provide vital support in the fight against hunger through increasing awareness and raising food and funds.
Since 2011, The Phillies, Citizens Bank and a number of other Phillies sponsors have encouraged fans to support Philabundance through their annual Phans Feeding Family Campaign. During the campaign, fans are asked to fight hunger by donating food during certain games, attending the annual Phans Feeding Families game, and purchasing the commemorative Phans Feeding Families collectors pin, all of which raise funds for Philabundance. From 2011 to 2013, Fans have donated more than 481,097 meals for people in need. This year marks the fourth year of the campaign. The 2014 initiative was kicked off in May by Phillies Manager Ryne Sandberg and his wife Margret, who have become friends of Philabundance since joining the Philadelphia Phillies family. On May 31, Philabundance was invited to throw the first pitch out during the fourth annual Phans Feeding Famlies day. You can watch Margaret Sanberg’s interview that aired on MLB.com. They also are the faces behind the 2014 Phans Feeding Family PSA, which can be seen here.
“As a team, we can all work to make these hunger statics better,” said Sandberg.
Phans Feeding Families takes place during a critical time as summer approaches and school lets out. During the summer months, Philabundance faces a higher volume of need due to school vacation, which impacts more than 300,000 children who rely on school meal programs. Thousands of school children will spend summer without access to crucial meals. The collection of food donations during the summer season will help Philabundance distribute meals throughout the Delaware Valley Region.
To learn more about the Phillies Phans Feeding Families campaign, and how you can join them in fighting hunger, click here!