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The Philadelphia Eagles season got underway last night but perhaps their best moment on the field came before the game.

Prior to kickoff, The Eagles and ACME Markets announced that they raised 99,351 pounds of healthy food this April through their Teaming Up to Kick Hunger campaign to benefit local food pantries

This marked the third year of the in-store campaign, which has now raised more than 400,000 pounds of food in total to help kick hunger.

“The healthy food drives supported by the Eagles and ACME have a direct impact on our community,” said Laura Wall, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger. “Many food pantries lack access to healthy food, so the benefits of this large donation cannot be overstated.”

With food donations especially slow during the summer months, this campaign helps supply Philadelphia pantries during a crucial time. In 2015, we surveyed more than 200 emergency food providers and 90 percent of them indicated that they want to offer healthier foods to clients.

“The Drueding Center’s Green Light Pantry has been able to provide a variety of healthy foods to families in need throughout the summer,” said Sr. Kim Kessler, CSR, food pantry director at Drueding Center. “This is, in large part, thanks to the generous donation from the ACME and Eagles food drive.”

Thank you to our incredible partners, The Philadelphia Eagles and ACME Markets, for their ongoing commitment to ensuring that all people have the food they need to lead healthy lives. And best of luck to the Eagles this season!