PHILADELPHIA – Temple Men’s Basketball, Learfield Sports’ Temple Sports Properties and The Fresh Grocer of Progress Plaza are working together to give back to Philabundance, the Delaware Valley’s largest food bank. For every three-point basket made during the 2015-16 men’s basketball season, The Fresh Grocer of Progress Plaza will donate one case of non-perishable food and goods to Philabundance.
“As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting hunger relief efforts in our community, The Fresh Grocer proudly sponsors ‘Three’s for Hunger’,” said Patrick J. Burns, president and CEO of Burns’ Family Neighborhood Markets, owner and operator of The Fresh Grocer of Progress Plaza. “The food donations made through this program will help feed those who need it most through the great work of Philabundance, our region’s largest hunger relief organization and long-time community partner.”
All three-point baskets made during the 2015-16 season will count towards a donation to Philabundance. The last baskets counted will take place during Temple’s final home game on March 3 against Memphis.
“We’re proud to partner with The Fresh Grocer to help our neighbors in the Philadelphia area by doing what we love,” said Temple head coach Fran Dunphy. “These young men are driven to be their best, as student-athletes and members of the community. The fact that we can pair these two things so seamlessly feels like a win for everyone involved.”
“We’re very excited about this wonderful partnership that provides us an opportunity to give back to the community which is so important to the University and Temple Athletics,” said Temple University Director of Athletics Dr. Patrick Kraft.
Temple Sports Properties is one of nearly 120 collegiate properties represented by Learfield Sports, which manages athletic multimedia rights and sponsorship. In its four decades, Learfield has developed trusted, long-term relationships with some of the most revered institutions and associations in the world of collegiate athletics. The company also titles the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup with award co-founders NACDA and USA Today. For more information about its history, collegiate portfolio and job opportunities, visit www.learfieldsports.com.
About Burns’ Family Neighborhood Markets
A member of the Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative, Patrick J. Burns currently operates five Fresh Grocer supermarkets and one ShopRite supermarket, located throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. Under Patrick’s leadership, Burns’ Family Neighborhood Markets specializes in providing high-quality perishables in urban and suburban environments and are committed to understanding the needs, tastes and traditions of the communities in which their stores are located, and make it a priority to offer an assortment of products and services to meet those various needs. Burns’ Family Neighborhood Markets are also committed to improving food access and to promoting the health and wellness of its customers, associates and communities.
Philabundance seeks to drive hunger from our communities today and end hunger forever. It serves approximately 90,000 people per week, a third of whom are children and 15% of whom are seniors. In 2014, Philabundance distributed approximately 30 million pounds of food through its own neighborhood distribution programs and through a network of more than 400 member agencies in 9 counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. For more information about Philabundance, visit philabundance.org or call 215-339-0900.