Local American Turkish Youth Group Assists Eva’s Village in Supporting those in Need in the Community through their Fund-A-Meal Program in Recognition of Ramadan

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Eva’s Village, a Paterson, NJ anti-poverty nonprofit welcomes a local American Turkish Youth Group from Elmwood Park, as a sponsor funding their Kitchen program for a day.

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On August 21st Eva’s Village, New Jersey’s most comprehensive anti-poverty organization, will welcome a volunteer team from a local American Turkish Youth Group, in Elmwood Park to serve the noon meal in its kitchen program. During the current month of Ramadan, Muslims around the world fast during the daylight hours. With fasting comes both thirst and hunger and an appreciation for these basic needs which sustain life as well as a heightened sense of awareness for those who are less fortunate, who “fast” due to poverty and deprivation.

This group of young people have chosen this time to demonstrate their solidarity with those less fortunate by fasting themselves and by funding meals for those most in need at Eva’s Village. “We’re honestly a bunch of young people who just want to make a positive difference,” stated Ms. Eda Tekeoglu, the group’s spokesperson. “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” (Helen Keller)

The “Fund-A-Meal” program provides the opportunity for corporate teams, groups or organizations to sponsor a meal in Eva’s Kitchen and to serve the meal on the day of their sponsorship. “We have expanded our kitchen to accommodate the overwhelming numbers of people coming for a hot meal each day,” commented Donna Marie Fico, Director of Marketing & Education. “We are in need of funding to provide the meals as well as volunteer teams to serve them, and this sponsorship team building effort answers those needs.”

Eva’s Village strives to feed a hot lunch to all that come to their door each day (365 days/year), serving more than 139,000 lunches/year. The soup kitchen program at Eva’s Village, has experienced more than a 23% increase since 2007 and to date in 2012, has seen a 4.6% increase over last year, serving more than 400 people a day.

About Eva’s Village
Founded by Msgr. Vincent E. Puma in 1982 as a response to the poor and homeless in Paterson, NJ, Eva’s Village is a non-profit comprehensive social service organization with a mission to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, treat the addicted and provide free medical and dental care to the poor. Through almost three decades of service, Eva’s Village has established a unique record in facing community challenges and changing the lives of the hungry, homeless and addicted. It has grown from a simple soup kitchen to become the most respected anti-poverty program in New Jersey. Eva’s Village now includes fourteen integrated programs housed in numerous buildings spanning several city blocks in Downtown Paterson.

For more information on the “Fund-A-Meal” Program, contact: Cyndi Roberson, Government & Community Relations Specialist– Phone: (973) 523-6220 Ext. 226 or email Cyndi(dot)Roberson(at)evasvillage(dot)org.

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