Giants Rookies Participate in the Fund-A-Meal Program at Eva’s Village for the Thanksgiving Holiday

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The Community Kitchen at Eva’s Village (, the most comprehensive anti-poverty organization in New Jersey, welcomes the rookie players from the New York Giants.

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Giants Rookies at Eva's Village in 2013

On Tuesday, November 25, 2014 the Giants rookie players will help serve the noon meal at The Community Kitchen at Eva’s Village. Eva’s Village has been an annual destination during the Thanksgiving holiday for Giants rookie players for many years. The rookies dedicate the day to setting up the dining room, serving the noon meal, and welcoming each and every person who arrives. The day at Eva’s is one of several community functions that the rookie class performs together each and every year, and is an important part of their orientation with the team. “The New York Football Giants are looking forward to our annual visit to Eva’s Village on Tuesday, November 25th, states Allison Stangeby, vice president of community & corporate relations for the Giants. “For more than a decade, Eva’s has been one of our favorite holiday visits. Our 2014 Rookie Class is looking forward to spending some time giving back by serving our community.”

In addition to the rookies serving the noon meal the Giants are funding the Community Kitchen for the day as part of the “Fund-A-Meal” (FAM) program at Eva’s Village. The FAM program provides the opportunity for corporate teams to sponsor a meal in The Community Kitchen at Eva’s Village and to serve the meal on the day of their sponsorship. “Each day we have over 350 clients coming to our Community Kitchen program for a warm meal,” commented Marie Reger, executive director. “We are always in need of funding for this program as well as volunteer teams to serve them, and this corporate team building effort answers both those needs.”

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 medical care to the poor with respect for the human dignity of each individual. The Community Kitchen serves a hot nutritious meal every day at noon, 365 days/year. Eva’s Village, originally a New Jersey soup kitchen, was founded in 1982 by Msgr. Vincent E. Puma in response to the increasing incidence of homelessness in his Paterson, NJ parish. But Msgr. Puma soon realized that a soup kitchen was not enough. With the generous support of thousands of donors and private and government grants, Eva's has grown into the most respected anti-poverty program in New Jersey.

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

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