Washington, D.C., (November 13, 2012) – WHUR 96.3FM, the flagship station of the Howard University Radio Network, is kicking off its season of giving Thursday, November 15th from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Old Post Office Pavilion as the network hosts “Food2Feed 2012,” a 12-hour fundraiser to feed needy families for Thanksgiving. Volunteers will fan out in the District of Columbia along 12th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., encouraging listeners to give.
In the Washington area, there are approximately 633,000 residents at risk of, or experiencing hunger. WHUR is partnering with Shabach Ministries and the Capital Area Food Bank, which will identify the needy families, purchase food with dollars raised from Food2Feed, pack baskets of food, and disseminate the baskets to families in the region. The baskets will be complete with a turkey and all the trimmings to ensure that families have a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Shabach Ministries and the Capital Area Food Bank are non-profit agencies working daily to fight hunger in the Washington region.
“These are tough economic times and many families are struggling to take care of the basic necessities. We want to help and ‘Food2Feed 2012’ is just one of many ways we are giving back to our community,” said Howard University Radio Network General Manager Jim Watkins.
The 12-hour broadcast is the culmination of a six-week campaign by the network radio stations to educate listeners about the plight of the hungry in the Washington region and abroad. In the coming weeks, the Howard radio network will continue its season of giving with an additional turkey giveaway and a toy drive for needy kids.
The Howard University Radio Network consists of Howard University-owned radio stations WHUR 96.3FM, WHUR-World 96.3HD2, SiriusXM 141 HUR Voices, SiriusXM 142 HBCU, WHBC, and Glasshouse Radio. Additional sponsors of “Food2Feed 2012,” include SunTrust Bank and Wegmans. “With the help of our many sponsors and generous listeners, we believe we can make this holiday season a special one for low-income families. Hunger is certainly one of those social ills that we all can take an active role in eliminating,” added Watkins.
Donations to “Food2Feed” can easily be made at the broadcast site, on-line at www.food2feed.org , by dropping off non-perishable items at the Worship Center of First Baptist Church of Glenarden at 600 Watkins Park Drive in Upper Marlboro, or by calling 202-462-0285.
ABOUT WHUR 96.3 FM – is the flagship station of the Howard University Radio Network. Broadcasting to the Washington region since 1971, WHUR is one of the few University-owned commercial radio stations in America. The station can be heard daily by nearly a half million listeners in five states and 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.