I was proud to be part of an important press conference today announcing a partnership between Perdue, the Delmarva Shorebirds, the Food Bank of Delaware, Eastern Shore Branch of the Maryland Food Bank and Virginia’s Food Bank of the Eastern Shore.
With one in six Americans at risk of going hungry, our friends at Perdue believe that in a country as rich as ours, no one should have to go hungry. That’s why, building on a company commitment to fighting hunger, Perdue has sponsored the 2011 “Strike Out Hunger” All-Star Game at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium on behalf of the three main Delmarva food banks.
“The 2011 Strike Out Hunger All-Star Game has provided us with a large stage to bring the problem of hunger to the forefront,“ said Andrea Williams, vice president and controller of Perdue Foods and co-chair of the Strike Out Hunger Campaign. “The food banks and the Shorebirds have stepped up and embraced this campaign — now it’s time for the community to do the same. Together, we can ‘Strike Out Hunger on Delmarva.’ ”
The campaign, which will run from today until the June 21 South Atlantic League (SAL) All-Star game, is focused on raising food donations, funds and volunteer efforts to benefit the three food banks on the Delmarva peninsula.
“These three Delmarva food banks serve our community in such an important way,” said Chris Bitters, Shorebirds General Manager. “Their impact is immeasurable. That is why we are committed to this effort and we challenge the community to join us.”
The Shorebirds will run promotions throughout the first half of the season, which will benefit the “Strike Out Hunger” campaign. The first of these events is Shorebirds Fan Fest on March 26. For each non-perishable food item that attendees bring to the Fan Fest, they will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win cool Shorebirds prizes.
The Shorebirds have also declared the first three Sunday home games “Strike Out Hunger Sundays.” If fans bring two non-perishable food items they can receive a general admission ticket to that day’s game for $1. Each of the three Sunday games will benefit a different Delmarva food bank. The Food Bank of Delaware will be represented at the May 1 game starting at 2:05 p.m.
Arthur W. Perdue Stadium will house food donation barrels through the All-Star Game, making it easy for fans to help by bringing food to the game or just stopping by the stadium. In addition, community-based organizations, businesses and others are asked to join the fight by hosting their own food drives to benefit their local food bank.
If you’d like to participate in the “Strike Out Hunger” campaign by hosting a food drive, please contact me at (302) 393-2010 or firstname.lastname@example.org.