'Haul Away Hunger' food drive revs up in South Philadelphia

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'Haul Away Hunger' food drive in South Philly: Jeff Chirico reports during Action News at 12:30 p.m. on December 15, 2017. (WPVI)

The Toyota Tundras Haul Away Hunger food drive got underway Friday in South Philadelphia.

Dozens of Toyota Tundra pickup trucks - 75 in all - lined up in the parking lot of Citizens Bank Park to deliver pallets of donated non-perishable food items to waiting volunteers, who then transferred the food to tractor-trailers.

The goal: to gather enough food to provide more than 350,000 meals for those in need this holiday season.

6abc was proud to be a part of this annual event, with all of the food collected going to Philabundance.

"Hunger isn't just a problem in the Philadelphia area, it's a crisis that impacts about one in five people," said Philabundance spokesperson Stefanie Arck-Baynes. "So 20 percent of our neighbors go to bed at night not knowing where their next meal is coming from."

About 170 tons of food was delivered to Philabundance Friday as part of this annual event.

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