|[November 08, 2012]
High Schools Invited to Join "Shire's Great Food Fight! Benefitting Philabundance" to Combat Region's Critical Food Shortage
PHILADELPHIA --(Business Wire)--
High schools throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania are invited to
participate in "Shire's Great Food Fight! Benefitting Philabundance" and
help the growing number of food-insecure families who turn to
Philabundance for assistance.
Although it distributes more pounds of food each month, Philabundance
expects demand to continue to increase. By collecting food during
February and March, "Shire's Great Food Fight!" comes at a time when the
Philabundance inventory is typically low after holiday food drive
donations have been distributed. The Shire-sponsored regional high
school food drive will provide a much needed boost of non-perishable
foods to those in need.
Participating schools will compete for seven prizes of $10,000, $5,000
or $1,000 while joining forces to achieve an ambitious goal: to collect
100 tons of food - the equivalent of 200,000 meals - for Philabundance
over a two-week period.
Registration is now open for this region-wide food drive. High school
students, parents and faculty members are invited to participate in an
informational conference call at 3 p.m. on November 15 by calling
866-430-1250 and entering the participant code 14240683#.
In 2012, the second year of "Shire's Great Food Fight! Benefitting
Philabundance," 21 schools collected 71 tons of food over the two-week
competition - making it one of the most successful efforts ever to raise
food in the Greater Philadelphia region.
"Hunger is not limited to those living in poverty; we're seeing more and
more middle class families coming to us and our partner agencies for
help," said Philabundance President and Executive Director Bill Clark.
"The participation of students and teachersis more important than ever.
Together, we can make sure that no one goes to school or to bed with an
Shire will award seven prizes totalling $20,000: $10,000 to the school
that raises the most food as measured in pounds, $5,000 for the school
that collects the most food in pounds per student and $1,000 to the
school in each of the five Southeastern Pennsylvania counties that
collects the most food in pounds. The eligible counties in "Shire's
Great Food Fight! Benefitting Philabundance" are Bucks, Chester,
Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia.
The deadline for high schools to register for "Shire's Great Food Fight!
Benefitting Philabundance" is December 15, 2012. The collection drive
runs February 25 - March 8, 2013. For more information visit http://www.philabundance.org/thegreatfoodfight.
Notes to Editors
About Hunger in the Delaware Valley
According to the Census Bureau, in 2009 the number of people living in
poverty rose in the double digits from the region's poorest county,
Philadelphia (11.3 percent) to the most affluent county, Chester (10.7
percent). Today, 900,000 are at risk of hunger in the Delaware Valley.
At the same time, Philabundance agencies have seen a 66 percent increase
in the need for food.
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 neighborhood distribution 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 (News - Alert), 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).
Shire enables people with life-altering conditions to lead better
Through our deep understanding of patients' needs, we develop and
provide healthcare in the areas of:
Behavioral Health and Gastro Intestinal conditions
as well as other symptomatic conditions treated by specialist physicians.
We aspire to imagine and lead the future of healthcare, creating value
for patients, physicians, policymakers, payors and our shareholders.
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