Food to supplement meals for up to a week and other supplies help 400 Camden families
The Malcom Jenkins Foundation and Feed the Children are partnering for “Get Ready Fest” — an event that will provide 400 Camden-area families with wellness resources, food and essentials. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 7 at Antioch Baptist Church, 690 Ferry Ave, Camden, NJ.
In Camden, more than 37 percent of households live below the poverty level and far too many children go to bed hungry. The families have been pre-identified based on need by Antioch Baptist Church.
Each participating family will receive a 25-pound box of shelf-stable food such as canned vegetables, peanut butter and mac ‘n cheese a 15-pound box of essentials including items such as shampoo, razors and toothpaste. The provided food and essentials will help families in need of basic materials most people take for granted.
In addition to providing enough food and daily essentials, the event offers an array of health-related services and information. These services include screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, asthma and basic eye and dental check-ups. The event also provides education and social service information relating to GED, job training, and senior and veteran support services. Additionally, there will be a children’s resource area that provides services, children’s books and additional products as well as haircuts, face painting, and snacks.
“The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation (TMJF) is proud to team up and partner for this important event in the Camden area,” said Malcolm Jenkins, TMJF Founder and Chairman and NFL professional athlete. “Our work with Feed the Children and “Get Ready Fest” aligns with our mission to achieve positive change in the lives of youth, particularly those in under-served communities by providing resources, innovative opportunities and experiences that will help them succeed in life and become contributing members of the community,” he added.
Malcolm Jenkins, Safety for the Philadelphia Eagles, as well as volunteers from the The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation and Feed the Children will be onsite serving families and assisting with distribution during the event.
“We recognize hunger can’t be fought alone, but by working together, we can provide food and essentials to millions of children and families who live in poverty,” said Travis Arnold, president and chief executive officer of Feed the Children. “Hope for a better future is made possible thanks to our partners at The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation.”