Philabundance and Phillies’ hunger relief program moves online

Ed Benkin
May 23, 2020 - 4:00 am

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) Philabundance and the Phillies have put together the Phans Feeding Families Hunger Relief Program for the past decade. But with a pandemic, Philabundance’s Samantha Retamar says the Phillies helped keep the program going virtually.

“The Phillies and Citizens Bank reached out saying, 'Hey, we understand the pandemic has hit the Philadelphia region very, very hard. We still want to figure out a way to impact and make sure that people are being fed during these turbulent times,'” Retamar said. 

The program helps Philabundance deliver food in the area to those in need. Retamar says the Phillies and everyone else involved are stepping up to help during a critical time.

“The Phillies, Aaron Nola as an All-Star ambassador, have all really come together to really amplify the message that hunger has no place in our region,” she said. 

Fans can donate online through June 1, and Retamar says everyone recognizes the importance of getting food in the area to those in need.

“We had a little girl named Sydney from Montgomery County donate her piggy bank money to us. There was another woman who was blind and wrote in saying ‘Hey, can you guys send me an envelope to send me a check because you helped me out.’ ” she said.