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New York and Philadelphia markets square off to help the hungry

by | October 26, 2009
After a dramatic come-from-behind victory late Sunday night, Oct. 25, the New York Yankees clinched the American League Pennant and will head to the World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies, with the first game scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 28, at Yankee Stadium.

Sonny Di Crecchio, executive director of the Philadelphia Regional Produce Market, and Matthew D' Arrigo, co-president of the Hunts Point Terminal Market, decided to put the pride and bragging rights of each city on the line to help the hungry.

If the Phillies win, the Hunts Point Terminal Market must donate one truckload of local produce to Philabundance, Philadelphia's local food bank. If the Yankees clinch the World Series title, the Philadelphia Regional Produce Market will donate one truckload of local produce to the Food Bank for New York City. One truckload contains more than 10 tons of produce.

Sweetening the deal, some workers at the losing market will don the winning team's jersey while loading the truck.

Each year approximately 8 million pounds of food are donated by both produce markets to feed those in need. Organizations that have received the help are New York's City Harvest Inc., Food Bank for New York City, Philabundance and various schools, food pantries, shelters and non-profits.

The Hunts Point Terminal Market is the world's largest wholesale market in terms of volume; the Philadelphia Regional Produce Market ranks second.