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Citizens Bank Foundation announces new Citizens Relief for Hunger program in Philadelphia

Grant of up to $25,000 made to Philabundance to provide “relief” during summer months

PHILADELPHIA             (June 24, 2009) - The Citizens Bank Foundation kicked off a new campaign entitled “Citizens Relief for Hunger” today. The campaign is designed to raise awareness and money to help feed area children during the critical summer months when they do not receive meals at school. As part of the campaign, the Citizens Bank Foundation will donate $150 for each scoreless inning thrown by Phillies relief pitchers up to $25,000. The money will be donated to Philabundance, the area’s largest hunger relief agency.

“This is the first day of summer vacation for children in Philadelphia and it marks a time of tremendous need,” said Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, Citizens Bank President and CEO for Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. “The shortage of food and resources to help feed children reaches a critical point during the summer when school meals are not available. For the third consecutive year, the Citizens Bank Foundation, in partnership with the Phillies, is pleased to step up to the plate to help Philabundance provide summertime hunger relief for children.”

In 2008, across the five-county Philadelphia region, almost 198,000 children received free or subsidized lunches, including more than 140,000 children in Philadelphia.  Because Philabundance can make a meal for less than 30 cents, the Citizens Bank Foundation $25,000 grant translates into 83,000 meals for children this summer.

“Without school lunches, many children go hungry during the summer, so we are grateful for the donation from the Citizens Bank Foundation,” said Philabundance President and Executive Director Bill Clark. “Many families are already struggling to make ends meet, and the absence of school meals often results in many more children going without food. The Citizens Relief for Hunger program will make a difference to thousands of children throughout the region and will also raise awareness among Phillies fans.”

Starting with tonight’s game against Tampa Bay and continuing through August 30, 2009, the Phillies post-game radio show will recap how much money was donated by the Citizens Bank Foundation as a result of every scoreless inning thrown during the game by Phillies relievers.

“We are thrilled to pitch in and help Citizens Bank and Philabundance raise money and awareness about the need to feed the children in our area,” said Phillies President David Montgomery. “By providing our fans with information after every home game, we hope to inspire them to join the Phillies’ Bullpen, the Citizens Bank Foundation and Philabundance to help make a difference through the support of Citizens Relief for Hunger.”

During the news conference and presentation, Citizens Bank volunteers assisted in the Philabundance warehouse stocking the shelves, working the assembly line and packing boxes of donated food for delivery to hunger relief agencies and distribution to families in the area. 

Philadelphia area companies and residents are encouraged to join the “Citizens Relief for Hunger” campaign by donating food or money to Philabundance. Non-perishable foods can be dropped off and donations can be made directly to Philabundance. For more information on participating, go to www.philabundance.org.

About the Citizens Bank Foundation 

Citizens Bank Foundation is a subsidiary of the Citizens Charitable Foundation, which is a charitable contributions vehicle of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., RBS Citizens, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. The foundation’s support is focused on housing, community development and basic human needs.