WASHINGTON (November 20, 2012) – The Howard University Radio Network “season of giving” kicked in to high-gear this week as WHUR 96.3FM, WHUR-WORLD 96.3HD2, and HUR-Voices SiriusXM 141 fanned out across the Washington area to disseminate hundreds of turkeys and bags of food to needy families just in time for Thanksgiving. The food give-away is the culmination of the network’s signature philanthropic event entitled “Food2Feeed,” a 12-hour radiothon held on Nov. 15th outside the Old Post Office Pavilion. The event encouraged listeners to dig deep to give to those in need.
This year’s “Food2Feed” fundraiser collected over $75,000 in monetary donations along with two truckloads of non-perishable food. Because of the success of the event, WHUR and its partners were able to distribute 1,650 turkeys and bags of food to needy families in Prince George’s County with the help of Shabach Ministries. The organization identified the families and packed the bags. The Capital Area Food Bank gave out another 2,000 turkeys to families in the District, Northern Virginia, and Montgomery County.
Shabach Ministries and the Capital Area Food Bank are non-profit agencies working daily to fight hunger in the Washington region. “We are grateful to our listeners and humbled by their generosity,” said Howard University Radio Network General Manager Jim Watkins. In addition to the turkey, the radio stations with the help of the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation also handed out another 200 turkeys with all the trimmings to elderly families in the region. In the coming weeks, the Howard radio network will continue its “season of giving” with a toy drive for needy kids.