Citizens Bank, Phillies & Halladay Family Foundation launch 2013 Phans Feeding Families Program

Phillies fans urged to join effort to fight hunger in the Delaware Valley

PHILADELPHIA (June 19, 2013) – Citizens Bank and the Philadelphia Phillies, in partnership with the Halladay Family Foundation and Phillies sponsors, today announced the 2013 Phans Feeding Families program. As part of the program, Citizens Bank Foundation executives presented a check for $40,000 to Philabundance, the region’s largest hunger relief organization. Now in its third year, the initiative has raised money and collected food to provide nearly 400,000 meals for families in the Delaware Valley.  Here is a summary of coverage from the launch event:

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“The support Philabundance gets from the community, the Phillies and Citizens Bank through Phans Feeding Families is so critical because Philabundance serves more families with children during the summer months,” said Bill Clark, president and executive director of Philabundance. “For the 325,000 children who rely on free and reduced meals at a school in the Delaware Valley, hunger doesn’t take a vacation and Philabundance needs community support to supplement the meals missed in the summer.”

To support Philabundance and the 2013 Phans Feeding Families campaign, fans can:

  • Buy a limited-edition Phans Feeding Families pin. Pre-orders are now available for purchase online at philabundance.org/feedingfamilies. Fans will also be able to purchase the pin starting mid-July at the Majestic Clubhouse Store and Phillies NewsStands at Citizens Bank Park. Each $5 pin provides 7 meals for families in need. Fans can also purchase pins and make food donations during a special lunchtime event featuring the Phillie Phanatic and Phillies Ballgirls on the plaza at the Comcast Center (1701 JFK Blvd) on July 15th.
  • Purchase a “Party with a Purpose” ticket package, taking place on Phans Feeding Families Day, Saturday, August 17, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Phillies Party Tent at Citizens Bank Park. This exclusive pre-game event includes special appearances* by Roy Halladay, broadcaster Tom McCarthy, the Phillie Phanatic, Phillies Ballgirls and other special guests. Phillies radio partner 98.01 WOGL will also be on site for the festivities. Each $75 ticket purchased provides 50 meals for families in need.  (Season ticket holders have the option of purchasing a tent party ticket for $55).
  • Bring a donation of non-perishable food to Citizens Bank Park or SEPTA’s AT&T Station during Phans Feeding Families food drives on Saturday, July 13, Thursday, August 8, and Saturday, August 17. Recommended items include plastic jars of peanut butter and jelly, canned tuna and pasta. Fans can also donate food at Citizens Bank Park during the ShopRite Partners in Caring Food Drive on Sunday, July 7 and the Goya Latino Family Celebration & Food Drive on Saturday, September 7.
  • Purchase a pin or make a food donation during a special lunchtime event on the plaza at the Comcast Center (1701 JFK Blvd) on July 15th.
  • Bid on exclusive merchandise and VIP experiences – including a breakfast with the Phillie Phanatic and luncheon with general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. – through a silent auction during Phans Feeding Families Day on Saturday, August 17.
  • Make an online monetary donation to the campaign.

Complete program details are available at phillies.com/feedingfamilies. Fans may also help with the cause by following @Phillies on Twitter, using #FeedFamilies.

To lead off the program, the Citizens Bank Foundation is donating $122,500 to organizations throughout eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware that provide hunger relief, nutrition assistance and improve access to food for families. Of this commitment, $40,000 will support Philabundance, the region’s largest hunger relief organization and Phans Feeding Families beneficiary. The Citizens Bank Foundation grant will provide the first 80,000 meals to the 2013 Phans Feeding Families campaign.

“We are proud to once again partner with our friends at the Phillies to raise money and food for families in need throughout the Delaware Valley,” said Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, President and CEO of Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens for Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. “Phans Feeding Families has been a tremendous success over the past few years, helping Philabundance and other local hunger relief programs to serve families during the summer months during which there is an increased demand for emergency food.”

Representing the Halladay Family Foundation, Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay will be featured in a Phans Feeding Families public service announcement viewable during Phillies broadcasts and online at phillies.com/feedingfamilies.

“It’s overwhelming on just how many families struggle for food each day,” said Brandy Halladay, on behalf of the Halladay Family Foundation. “We’re honored to join Citizens Bank, Philabundance and the Phillies community in doing whatever we can to support this great cause.”

In addition to Citizens Bank, several Phillies sponsors and advertisers support hunger relief efforts and will participate in the 2013 campaign. They include: ARAMARK, Goya Foods, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Hatfield, SEPTA, ShopRite and Toyota.