Bill Clark, the president and executive director of Philabundance, the Philadelphia area's largest hunger relief organization, estimates that 900,000 people here are at risk of hunger.

With that staggering statistic in mind, the Phillies and Citizens Bank announced a hunger relief initiative called Phans Feeding Families.

This initiative began on Thursday and will culminate during the July 31 home game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, with the aim of uniting the Phillies community in support of hunger relief.

Citizens Bank Foundation is donating $133,000 to provide hunger relief and nutrition assistance in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Of that total, $50,000 will support Philabundance.

As part of the initiative, the Phillies' Roy Halladay has taped public service announcements.

"We enjoy tremendous visibility, and we should use it to pass on the good work of others in the community," Phillies president David Montgomery said after a news conference at Citizens Bank Park before Thursday's game with the Red Sox.

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- Marc Narducci