By Paul Kurtz
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Helping the hungry is a neverending challenge. Today, a local food bank got a helping hand from employees of the Hard Rock Café.
Senior sales manager Dawn Bundick checked her calculator as members of her team grabbed armfuls of nonperishable items off the shelves at the Shop Rite supermarket in Snyder Plaza, South Philadelphia:
“Let me see. 508 dollars in. So we have a little under 200 dollars to go.”
Four teams, each with a $700 budget, had one hour to stuff as much as they could into their carts.
Hard Rock has been a supporter of the anti-hunger organization Philabundance for many years. Management normally writes a check, but Bundick says they decided to change things up this year and add an element of fun.
“Whoever can get the most amount of items for 700 dollars is the winning team,” she explained.
The big winners, of course, are those on the receiving end of the shopping spree. Lindsey Hughes of Philabundance says that, unfortunately, the need is always there.
“We do a survey and ask our agencies over the last year, and they’ve reported a 23-percent increase in need over the last year and a 143-percent increase over the last four years,” she notes.