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103.7 WMGM RADIO AND THE COMMUNITY FOODBANK TEAM UP FOR
10th ANNUAL “OPERATION HELP” EVENT
Longport Media radio stations to host 100-hour LIVE broadcast and donation-drive benefiting The Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Novvember 18th-22nd
Linwood, NJ (Oct. 13, 2017) – South Jersey’s most recognizable radio voices have once again teamed up with The Community FoodBank of New Jersey to combat one of the biggest issues our region faces: hunger.
South Jersey’s biggest rock station, 103.7 WMGM Rocks, and its sister stations Kool 98.3, AC 102.7 and News Talk 1400 WOND, are set to kick-off the area’s 10th annual OPERATION HELP campaign on Saturday, Nov. 18th, when much-needed food donations for the holidays will be collected for local families in need. This year’s event will span five days with roughly 100 hours of live broadcasts benefiting The Community FoodBank of New Jersey and its 250 partner charities across South Jersey.
WMGM’s popular morning show hosts Matt and Karle, mid-day host Sean Patrick and the rest of the gang from 103.7 WMGM Rocks will “camp out for a cause” outside Chickie’s & Pete’s (Egg Harbor Twp) throughout the five-day event, starting at noon on Saturday, Nov. 18th. Donations will be accepted there the 24 hours a day.
“Every year we’re amazed at the generosity of our listeners and area schools and businesses who all pull together to help out our neighbors in need,” explains Paul Kelly, Vice President of Broadcast Operations at Longport Media. “There are so many families that don’t know where their next meal is coming from and the need seems to grow every year” explains 103.7 WMGM morning show host Matt Murray. “We’ve had huge donations from area businesses that collect from their employees, schools who run their own Operation Help drives and even small donations from individuals who drop off some food they had in their pantry” adds co-host Karle Yanocha. “It all adds up, and we’re thankful for each and every donation”.
Over the last nine years, Operation Help has raised more than $50,000 in cash donations, as well as more than 35 tons of food, which was distributed by the food bank to families in need throughout South Jersey.
For more information on Operation Help 2017, including a complete listing of collection sites throughout South Jersey, visit www.1037WMGM.com.
WHAT TO BRING: Non-perishable food items, especially canned soups, meals in a can, peanut butter and jelly, canned tuna and other canned meats, as well as cereal, pasta and rice. With the holiday season approaching, there is also a need for frozen turkeys for families in need. And as always, cash donations are most welcomed and needed.
WHERE/HOW TO BRING IT: Operation Help Headquarters is located at Chickie’s & Pete’s in Egg Harbor Twp. The Egg Harbor Township Police Department is also serving as a collection site, and will pick up items from any person (s) or organization located in EHT and deliver them to Operation Help as a complimentary service (Nov.18 starting at noon -Nov.22). Contact Lt. Gray of the EHTPD for more info (609.926.4107) or contact the EHTPD via Facebook. Updated information is available on the Operation Help Facebook page.
LONGPORT MEDIA, LLC
LONGPORT MEDIA LLC. is a communications company formed in May of 2011. The corporation is owned and operated by investors from the Atlantic City and greater southern New Jersey area. Longport Media is committed to presenting quality programming that is informative, as well as entertaining and provocative. There is a strong commitment to serve our community as responsible neighbors – in part, by giving a voice to non-profit groups and community organizations. Longport Media took control of radio stations WOND, WMGM, WTKU, WWAC and WBSS on May 13, 2011. Collectively, our stations inform and entertain just about every demographic in the South Jersey area. These five stations are now programmed and broadcast live from Green Broadcast Plaza in Linwood, NJ.
The Community FoodBank of NJ, Southern Branch
The CFBNJ’s Southern Branch is located at 6735 Black Horse Pike in Egg Harbor Township, and provides food to more than 250 partner charities throughout Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties. These programs include emergency food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens and other charitable feeding programs. Last year, statewide the FoodBank distributed more than 44 million pounds of food and grocery items, including almost 9 million pounds that were distributed locally by the Southern Branch.