Philadelphia-Area Students to Soar Like Eagles in the Take a Player to School Contest

March 09, 2009

Schools donate to Food Banks to compete for a visit from a Philadelphia Eagles player

Keasbey, NJ; March 9, 2009 – In recognition of the 10th Anniversary of ShopRite Partners In Caring, ShopRite is teaming up with General Mills and the Philadelphia Eagles Radio Network/94WYSP in the fight against hunger with its Take a Player to School Contest. From March 8, 2009 through April 3, 2009, K-8 schools in Philadelphia and its surrounding areas will be collecting food donations for local Food Banks. Schools can earn 150 Box Tops for Education just for participating in the food drive. Entry into the competition also makes them eligible for the Grand Prize – a school and classroom visit from a Philadelphia Eagles player.

“The winter months are always a time of great need in our communities and our food pantries have been struggling to keep their shelves stocked,” said Martha Buccino, XYZ of Philabundance, one of six Food Banks participating in the contest. “This contest is a wonderful way to deliver a message on the importance of generosity to these children and the amount of support it provides to those who rely on our pantries is without measure. We are so grateful to ShopRite for its support in our hunger-fighting mission.”

All participating schools will receive 150 Bonus Box Tops for Education simply by collecting non-perishable, non-expired food items and donating them to their local, participating Food Bank. The school with the largest donation will receive 1,500 Bonus Box Tops for Education and an all-school assembly led by a Philadelphia Eagles player. The classroom with the most donations at the winning school will also receive a pizza party, Eagles gift bags, autographed photos and a physical education class or recess period led by a Philadelphia Eagles player.

“The Take a Player to School Contest provides a unique opportunity to raise hunger awareness among school-age children and to get them involved in this very important issue,” said Christine Magyarits, manager of Community Relations at Wakefern Food Corporation, the distribution and merchandising arm of ShopRite supermarkets. “We are so pleased that the Philadelphia Eagles are joining us in this endeavor, bringing with them tremendous energy and a sense of fun that will really help to inspire these kids to give from the heart.”

Participating Food Banks in the Take a Player to School Contest include: Philabundance – Philadelphia, PA; Food Bank of South Jersey – Pennsauken, NJ; Community Food Bank of NJ Southern Branch – Egg Harbor Township, NJ; Mercer Street Friends – Ewing, NJ; 2nd Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley – Allentown, PA; and H&J Weinberg NEPA Reg. Food Bank – Wilkes Barre, PA.

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