Philadelphia, Houston food banks face off in friendly competition during World Series

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Many friendly bets between Phillies and Astros fans occur during this World Series, but one of them is as critical as it is competitive.

The Strike Out Hunger campaign pitted two major food banks in Philadelphia and Houston in a fundraising duel, but it was also a bonding moment.

We’re really showing our rivals in Houston what brotherly love and sisterly affection is all about.

Philabundance challenged the Houston Food Bank to a friendly fundraising contest, but today there’s a Philadelphia-based Ernst & Young employees spent the day volunteering at the Houston Food Bank.

They wanted to show collective support for everyone in need as they support not just one but two of our teams competing there.

“The Eagles were here, the Phillies will be here Saturday night, it’s the culmination of a great sports season in Philadelphia,” said Howard Brooks, partner at Ernst & Young. “It’s also a great combination of celebration and community service.”

So how’s the competition going?

As it stands now, Philabundance has raised about $71,000.

The Houston Food Bank lags behind at just over $44,000.

“We absolutely win here at Philabundance,” said Loree Jones Brown, CEO of Philabundance. “The reality is that Houston is a bigger city than we are. We know her team has been to the World Series a few times more than us, and the food bank is twice our size. But our fan base is incredible. We literally raised twice as much money as they did.”

And keep it up! The competition doesn’t end until the World Series.

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