Since 2014, Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins has brought Get Ready Fest, his foundation’s signature charity event, to cities across the country.In Camden, New Jersey, 35 percent of households live below the poverty level and far too many children go to bed hungry. This is why The Malcom Jenkins Foundation and PepsiCo partnered with Feed the Children to kick off “Get Ready Fest: Helping Feed Camden” providing 800 Camden-area families with wellness resources, food and essentials.The event kicked off at 12 noon at Antioch Baptist Church, 690 Ferry Ave, Camden, NJ.“The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation (TMJF) is proud to team up and partner for this important event in the Camden area,” said Malcolm Jenkins, a New Jersey native. Thursday's event was its first in Camden.
"We thought it was very important (to come to Camden)," he said. "It's that city that's right there on the other side of the bridge that you forget about, but me being from Jersey, we wanted to do something in New Jersey specifically and Camden just made sense to us. Despite the rain, which Antioch pastor John Parker joked "baptized us all," about 800 families turned out for boxes of food, toiletries, books, school uniforms and supplies, and help with an array of social services.
Each family identified by Antioch Baptist Church received:
One 25-pound box of nonperishable food items
One 15-pound box of personal-care items
One box of AVON products
Books from Disney Publishing Worldwide
Life Original Cereal
Quaker Standard Oats
Chewy Granola Bars
Variety of Campbell Soup products
In addition to providing enough food and daily essentials, the Get Ready Fest TM event offers an array of health-related services and information through the support of various community resource partners. These services include health screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, etc., education and social service information relating to GED, job training, and senior and veteran support services. Additionally, the event includes a children’s resource area that provides services, children’s books, school supplies, haircuts, face painting, and snacks.
Mark your calendar to join us for an upscale evening at the 5th annual ‘Blitz, Bow-Ties, & Bourbon’ fundraiser in the City of Brotherly Love!Delectable tastings from Philadelphia’s top chefs and restaurants complimented with Premium spirits will set the mood as we raise funds to support programs and initiatives of The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation, a 501(c)3 public charity with a mission to effectuate positive change in the lives of youth in underserved communities. Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl Champion, Malcolm Jenkins and his teammates will represent the home team in our mission to uplift Philadelphia’s young people. Will you join us?SAVE THE DATE - Monday, September 10, 2018; 6:30pmEST - 10:00pmEST. MORE DETAILS TO COME!
Malcolm Jenkins' last trip to New Orleans was in the aftermath of violence.He stood at a podium to deliver a tribute for Will Smith at the funeral of his former New Orleans Saints teammate, Ohio State brother and good friend. It was moving. It was heartfelt. It was somber.The tragic ending is one more reason why Jenkins hasn't surrendered on his mission for The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation in New Orleans."Violence and crime happen every single day (in New Orleans)," Jenkins told me earlier this week. "Sometimes it takes those highly visible figures or something to make some realize what's happening every single day. It's really affecting our youth. It's not just adults dealing with this. It's our teenagers. "A lot of it is because they don't know they have other options. They've never seen any other options or any other ways to do things." Jenkins started the charity in 2010 while with the Saints to help supply New Orleans' youth with an avenue away from potential crime and violence. He wanted a route for those who wouldn't have dreamed about college to receive the necessary skills to make it there.
Former Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins celebrates with teammates afterhis strip of former Cowboys receiver Roy Williams on Thanksgiving Day 2010. Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Jenkins will give another speech in New Orleans at Dillard on Thursday evening. This one will be more about hope and triumph. This one will be a victory speech over crime and violence.Through the foundation's Project REWARDS program and in collaboration with College Track New Orleans, Jenkins will award a round of scholarships for the fifth consecutive year to a selection of graduating seniors. It's the third round of scholarships doled out since Jenkins signed with Philadelphia in 2014."Obviously when I left New Orleans, I wanted to make sure everything stayed in tact," Jenkins said. "I don't see that changing. We started in New Orleans because we saw that there was a need. Just because I leave doesn't mean that the need leaves. So it's important for us to stay in the community and continue to help."It's a city that I love and that's supported me. I just try to do my part to give back."Someone like Troy Simon is exactly why Jenkins continues his efforts in earnest.Simon also will be a keynote speaker with Jenkins at Thursday's event. Simon was a member of the first group to receive a scholarship in 2012.Simon himself sometimes wonders how he's advanced this far.He didn't learn to read until he was an early teenager. As First Lady Michelle Obama described, Simon "would regularly cut school because the other students would tease him. When he did attend, he'd shove desks, start fights -- anything to get him out of class." Simon didn't want others knowing he couldn't read.Why does the First Lady know Simon's story? Read full article>>>
It was a scene of hustle and holiday cheer as Philadelphia Eagles Free Safety Malcolm Jenkins and The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation (TMJF) provided holiday meal baskets for 135 Philadelphia families at the Foundation’s Holiday Dinner Basket Surprise.Taking place in collaboration with Mayor Michael A. Nutter’s Annual Holiday Event, hosted in partnership with the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the inaugural event provided turkeys, provided by Giant Food Store, and baskets with food inclusive of everything needed to prepare a traditional holiday meal. Reflective of the jersey number (27) that Jenkins wears on the field, the Foundation engaged 27 area churches and organizations to each select five families in need of the festive blessing, before distributing the baskets to their communities.In addition to handing out dinner baskets, TMJF, the Mayor’s Office, the FOP and special guests that included 6abc’s Sharrie Williams and award-winning trombonist Jeff Bradshaw, welcomed an additional 27 families with children under the age of 12 and provided lunch before surprising each child with a bag of toys.“Sometimes the families who need us most aren’t easy to reach,” said Jenkins. “With community groups, the Mayor’s office, and the Fraternal Order of Police at our side, we reached hundreds of families who might have been passed over this holiday season.”Annually, The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation’s Holiday Dinner Basket Surprise has served 135 families in New Orleans since 2011. Striving to make a sustainable impact on young people and their families in every city in which Malcolm Jenkins has lived, played, and attended school, the effort has now expanded to Philadelphia.
The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation recognized high school seniors for their commitment to academic excellence, leadership and community through its Project R.E.W.A.R.D.S. program that teams up with the Nationally acclaimed College Track Program. Twelve (12) students each received $1,000 scholarships, ($12,000) to start them on their way toward financing their college education.The 2015 Project R.E.W.A.R.D.S scholarship winners marks the fourth year that The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation has helped deserving youth pursue their higher educational aspirations at an accredited college or university of their choice.
St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children is pleased to welcome The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation (TMJF) to its hospital as they deliver more than 140 age appropriate gift baskets and hope totes to seriously ill children and their parents or guardians on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, PA.“Basket of Hope is thrilled to have Malcolm Jenkins and his foundation personally deliver these generous gifts to the children in St. Christopher’s. The families will truly enjoy meeting Malcolm and lifelong memories will be made.” says Angela Brunette, Founder and National Executive Director, Basket of Hope.Basket of Hope worked with sponsors and donors, including The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation, to secure over $1,000,000 worth of items that were packed in more than 4,000 baskets and totes, by more than 700 volunteers in Glendale, AZ during this year’s Super Bowl Week. The baskets and totes were shipped compliments of FedEx to more than 20 hospitals in NFL team cities nationwide. NFL players, coaches, and other local volunteers personally delivered them to children and their parents/guardians.The gift baskets are age appropriate filled with toys, games, crafts, stuffed animals and other items. The Hope Totes, which are optional for the adults, contain gifts to nourish them physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually including inspirational materials, music, jewelry, snacks, coffee, teas, mugs, and more.
On Friday, July 11 The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation partnered with Feed the Children and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. to host the “GET READY FEST” at Deliverance Evangelistic Church. Together, they established this community outreach event to support families by providing food, personal care products, clothing, fun, as well as wellness resources to 800 Philadelphia-area families.
It was a sea of purple as dozens of brothers of Omega Psi Phi from all over the country assisted nearly 3000 people with their bags, boxes, and shopping carts through the various stations and to their vehicles. Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. is the first international fraternal organization to be founded on the campus of a historically black college. “As a longtime supporter of Feed the Children, we’ll have hundreds of volunteers at this important event,” said Dr. Andrew Ray, Grand Basileus, Omega Psi Phi. “It is part of our ongoing commitment to make a long-term impact on our community,” he added. The founding principles of Omega Psi Phi fraternity are manhood, perseverance, uplift and scholarship.
We aim to empower youth to transcend the limits of their circumstance and reach their full potential.