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Release Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013 6:17 PM
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Renee J. Nash
Office of Public Affairs

Howard University Radio Network Raises More Than $101,000 for Families in Need

Washington, DC (November 21, 2013) – The Howard University Radio Network kicked off the season of giving on Tuesday with its 36th annual Thanksgiving fundraiser, “Food2Feed.” The 12-hour radiothon raised more than $101,000 to feed families in need for Thanksgiving.

WHUR 96.3 FM, the flagship station of the radio network, hosted the broadcast outside the Old Post Office Pavilion on Pennsylvania Avenue NW from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Listeners were encouraged to make a monetary donation or to drop off non-perishable items to assist the estimated 633,000 residents in the Washington metropolitan area who are experiencing hunger. Donations poured in from corporate sponsors, elected leaders, civic organizations, social clubs and ordinary residents, all concerned about helping those less fortunate.

In addition to the monetary donations, Food2Feed also collected a tractor-trailer filled with canned goods and other non-perishable items. The donations will be used to purchase

and assemble baskets of food, complete with a turkey and all the trimmings. The Capital Area Food Bank and Shabach Ministries, Inc., will distribute the baskets to families in the Washington region on Tuesday, Nov. 26.

“We know the dollars raised today will go a long way to help families struggling to take care of a basic necessity, like food. We are very thankful for our wonderful listeners and corporate sponsors for responding in such a big way to the call for help,” said Howard University Radio Network General Manager Jim Watkins.

Sponsorship by SunTrust Bank, Wegmans and MGM National ensured the success of Food2Feed. Additionally, support and volunteerism from students, management and staff of Howard University were the perfect combination to make this Thanksgiving special for families in need.

Food2Feed is one of many efforts WHUR hosts yearly to help the under-served. Donations to Food2Feed can still be made at

WHUR 96.3 FM is the flagship radio station of the Howard University Radio Network. Broadcasting since 1971 to nearly a half million listeners daily in five states, WHUR can also be heard around the globe on the web at The first radio station in the Washington area to broadcast in HD, WHUR is the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious NAB Marconi Award for Best Urban Station of the Year, an NAB Crystal Radio Award for Excellence in Community Service and a Stellar Award.



Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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