Posted January 8, 2016
Temple men’s basketball plans to score against hunger
Three-point baskets this season will lead to donations by The Fresh Grocer to Philabundance.
Joseph V. Labolito
You might call it a play against hunger.
Under a recently announced effort to support the regional food bank Philabundance, every time Temple men’s basketball players make a three-point basket this season, The Fresh Grocer of Progress Plaza will donate a case of nonperishable food and goods to the organization.
The program, dubbed “Three’s for Hunger,” is the result of a partnership between the basketball team, the North Philadelphia grocery store and Learfield Sports’ Temple Sports Properties.
“These young men are driven to be their best, as student-athletes and as members of the community,” said Temple Head Coach Fran Dunphy. “The fact that we can pair these two things so seamlessly feels like a win for everyone involved.”
The effort is the latest to support the Delaware Valley’s fight against hunger: In seasons past, the men’s and women’s basketball teams have used discount ticket prices to solicit food donations for Philabundance. The food bank, which serves about 90,000 people each week, reports that approximately 750,000 people in the region face hunger.
The three-point baskets will be counted through March 3, when Temple’s final home game pits the Owls against the Memphis Tigers.