By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — In a bit of a break with tradition, Phillies fans are being asked to bring food to the ballpark on Saturday, to help kick off the team’s drive to help the anti-hunger group Philabundance.

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Standing at the loading dock of the Philabundance headquarters in South Philadelphia today, Philabundance president Bill Clark said that August is when the charity’s stock of products like peanut butter and tuna are most depleted.

“You get these monsoons of input around the holidays, and then the water runs dry” just as kids who rely on school meal programs are home for the summer, Clark (wearing green jacket in center of photo) noted.

So, this weekend, the Phillies are launching their fourth annual “Phans Feeding Families” campaign.

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“Summertime is a time where Philabundance needs help with all of the kids who are out of school and the families needing a good meal,” says Phils’ manager Ryne Sandberg (wearing brown jacket, back to camera).

Citizens Bank started the campaign with a $40,000 donation.   Fans are asked to bring non-perishable foods to the Mets game on Saturday afternoon.


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