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WHUR and WHUR-WORLD host Annual Thanksgiving Drive

WASHINGTON (October 22, 2010) - WHUR 96.3 FM and WHUR-WORLD HD2 - Howard University - in partnership with the Capital Area Food Bank, will sponsor “Food2Feed,” a 12-hour radiothon and fundraiser to feed needy families during the Thanksgiving holiday. The event will take place at the Old Post Office Pavilion on Thursday, Nov. 18 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Volunteers will fan out along 12th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in Northwest Washington to encourage people to donate.

In the Washington area, approximately 633,000 residents are at risk of hunger or experiencing hunger. The “Food2Feed” The Capital Area Food Bank distributes 20 million pounds of food, including 6 million pounds of fresh produce, to more than 700 partner agencies each year.

The food bank will use the donations from the “Food2Feed” radiothon to purchase $50 gift cards from Giant Food to distribute to needy families in the region. “These are tough economic times and many families are struggling to take care of the basic necessities,” said WHUR and WHUR-WORLD General Manager Jim Watkins. “We want to help and ‘Food2Feed’ is just one of many ways we are giving back to our community.”

The 12-hour broadcast is the culmination of a six-week campaign to educate radio listeners about hunger in the Washington region and abroad. Sponsors of “Food2Feed” include Howard University, Verizon, Giant Food, and SunTrust Bank.

Donations to the “Food2Feed” radiothon can be made at the broadcast site, on-line at www.food2feed.org, or by calling 202-289-3394.

WHUR 96.3 FM - Howard University is Washington’s only stand alone radio station and one of the few University-owned commercial radio stations in America, broadcasting since 1971 to nearly a half million listeners daily in five states and can now be heard around the globe on the web at whur.com. The first radio station in the Washington area to broadcast in HD, WHUR is the recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious NAB Marconi for Best Urban Station of the Year and NAB Crystal Radio Award for Excellence in Community Service.

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