ACME Hosts Philabundance 30th Anniversary Kickoff
May 15th, 2014
Philabundance, the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, kicked off their 30th anniversary at ACME on 1901 Johnston Street in Philadelphia. In May 1984, Pamela Rainey Lawler picked up the first official food donation for Philabundance at an ACME Markets store. “It is so meaningful to be back here almost 30 years to the day of the very first pick up,” said Bill Clark, the executive director of Philabundance.
Pam Lawler, Bill Clark, Jim Perkins, the president of Acme Markets, and Pastor Patricia Neal of Feast of Justice Food Pantry in Philadelphia were all on site for the kick-off event that took place at the South Philadelphia Acme. Acme donated gift cards as well as carts of meat, produce and dairy to Feast of Justice through Philabundance’s Grocers Against Hunger Program. Grocers Against Hunger works with local grocers to provide much needed healthy and nutritious food to neighbors in need across the Delaware Valley. Since 2006, Acme Markets has donated more than 13.7 million pounds of food or 13.7 million meals through the Grocers Against Hunger Program. This South Philadelphia store has donated more than 218,000 pounds of food or 218,000 meals since 2009.
Bill Clark noted: “ACME is a true partner in the fight against hunger and has stuck with us from the very beginning.”