Citizens Bank and Philabundance will once again join forces to put food on local tables through the Phans Feeding Families campaign in support of hunger relief efforts in the Philadelphia region.
At the annual event, Citizens made a $50,000 contribution to kick off the food drive, which will provide up to 100,000 meals to individuals and families in need.
“We’re honored to support the Phans Feeding Families campaign once again this year, and we’re thankful to our partners in this effort to raise awareness for the vital cause of alleviating hunger,” said Dan Fitzpatrick, Mid-Atlantic President, Citizens. “We invite the public to join us in raising funds to help our neighbors in need.”
At the news conference on May 23, a new Phans Feeding Families PSA was debuted, featuring Phillies All-Star and Phans ambassador Aaron Nola.
“The hunger crisis in our community is heartbreaking,” said Jackie Cuddeback, Phillies Senior Vice President, Partnership Sales & Corporate Marketing. “With more than 135,000 individuals each week relying on Philabundance for their next meal, the Phans Feeding Families initiative is more important than ever. We look forward to teaming up with Citizens, Aaron Nola, our sponsors and fans to support Philabundance and their vital hunger relief efforts.”
Supporters of this year’s campaign can get involved in a number of ways, including donating to the Phans Feeding Families Food Drive.
Supporters can virtually donate Philabundance’s most-needed food items, such as rice, peanut butter or vegetables by visiting the donation page or by texting PHANSFEED to 44-321.
Also, food donations will be accepted in person at Phans Feeding Families Day on June 24 at Citizens Bank Park when the Phillies host the New York Mets. Fans can purchase a Phans Feeding Families Theme Night Ticket, with $4 per ticket going back to the cause. They can also bring a donation of non-perishable food at the entrance gates, including recommended items like plastic jars of peanut butter and jelly, canned tuna and pasta.
Guests can swing by the third Base Plaza to digitally purchase food for the cause, courtesy of The Giant Company, which will also be on site with fan giveaways. Those who donate will also have the chance to meet 1993 National League Champion Mickey Morandini.
Leading up to the game, fans can bid on nearly two dozen new team-issued and game-used autographed memorabilia during the Phillies Charities Inc. Auction benefiting Philabundance. The auction runs online at phillies.com/auctions from June 5-26.
Additionally, fans can participate in the Phillies Charities 50/50 Drawing during the June 21 game against the Atlanta Braves, in which a portion of the proceeds will benefit Philabundance.
“Your generous donations to Philabundance will help us provide more of our neighbors in need with food to feed their families. We believe that no one should go hungry and are thankful for this opportunity to partner with Citizens and the Philadelphia Phillies to provide meals to the community,” said Loree Jones Brown, CEO of Philabundance. “Our city and region have seen hunger increase dramatically as families deal with the rising costs of necessities such as food and housing. Philabundance has met the need because of the incredible generosity of our donors, volunteers and partners. We are so happy to be here today to kick off the Phans Feeding Families campaign with Citizens and the Phillies.”
Since Phans Feeding Families began in 2011, the campaign has raised more than $550,000 for hunger relief efforts. To date, with fan support of funds and food, more than 1 million meals have been provided to families in need.