Get Ready Fest
In certain regions of the United States, hunger’s roots go deep. In Philadelphia, PA, Columbus, OH, New Orleans, LA and Camden, NJ, the number of households living below the poverty level is 27 percent, 22 percent, 27 percent and 37 percent, respectively.
Households experiencing food insecurity face uncertainty about how they can afford to keep food on the table and difficult decisions about how to pay for their basic needs. To provide support to families experiencing hardship, each year The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation partners with hunger relief organizations, such as Feed the Children, Food Banks, local grocers, sponsors, and a multitude of community resource partners to host Get Ready Fest™ – the Foundation’s signature community outreach event that provides hundreds of pre-identified families with 25 pounds of food, 10 pounds of essential items, health and wellness products and essential resources.
In addition to providing enough food to feed each family of four for one week, the event offers an array of health-related services, with support of community resource partners, that includes screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, asthma and basic eye and dental check-ups; education and social services relating to GED, job training, and senior and veteran support services; and a children’s resource area that provides new children’s books, school supplies, haircuts, face painting, and more.