July 30, 2010

102.9 MGK’s afternoon DJ, self described Beatles freak, Andre Gardner will be camping out in an RV located in the Wachovia Center Parkin lot, raising non-perishable food for Philabundance.

On August 14th and 15th, Paul McCartney plays the Wachovia Center. 102.9 WMGK’s afternoon drive DJ (weekdays 2p-7p) and host of WMGK’s Breakfast With the Beatles program (Sundays 7a-9a) has decided to celebrate McCartney’s return to Philadelphia, as well as the ex-Beatles’ dedication to charitable giving, by launching a charitable effort of his own. Starting Saturday August 14th at 3pm, Gardner will live in and broadcast live from an RV located in the Wachovia Center parking lot. He’ll stay there until the parking lot clears out after McCartney’s second show on August 15th. While in the RV, he’ll be accepting and collecting non-perishable food donations. All donations collected will go to Philabundance. Philabundance and MGK will have staffers on-site to assist Gardner in collecting donations.

Gardner first came up with the Camp McCartney idea when Paul came to Philadephia in 2005. He raised thousands of pounds of food for Philabundance during his two days in the parking lot. He’s looking to raise even more food this year.

“ Feeding the hungry is something I feel very strongly about. It made sense to combine my passion for The Beatles and feeding the hungry during Paul’s stint in Philadelphia. There’s nothing I enjoy more than hanging out with Beatles fans and celebrating their amazing catalog of music. I’m looking forward to talking Beatles and collecting donations for Philabundance over those 2 days,” said Gardner.

Philabundance is the region’s largest hunger relief organization. Approximately 27% of the food produced in the U.S. goes to waste each year while millions of people go hungry. Philabundance works to change this contradiction. In 2009, they acquired 21 million pounds of food, distributing 17 million pounds across the Delaware Valley and exporting 4 million pounds to assist other area food banks. They serve low income residents at risk of hunger and malnutrition, of which 23% are children and 16% are senior citizens. They provide food through a network of agencies in the Delaware Valley. Philabundance works to end hunger and malnutrition in the Delaware Valley by acquiring food and distributing it through organizations serving people in need.