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New York Giants team up with Community Food Bank of New Jersey to end hunger

HILLSIDE – New York Giants players teamed up with the Community Food Bank of New Jersey on Tuesday for a Thanksgiving tradition to end hunger. The players came to the food bank to help unload 15 hundred turkeys ahead of Thanksgiving on Thursday. Stop & Shop donated the turkeys, which will be sent right back out to some of the 800 partners the food bank has across the state.

The food bank usually has volunteers passing around turkeys during the holiday season, but this time it is allowing five New York Giants players to use their hands off the field and put them to good use in the community.

“These guys are as compassionate as they are big and talented players. It’s amazing to hear how some who were born right here in New Jersey are doing similar things in their home communities so it really helps to create another level of awareness,” Community Food Bank of New Jersey President and CEO Carlos Rodriguez said.

Giants Tight End Evan Engram said to be able to use his platform to give back is a blessing.

“It’s just a major blessing to be here and be part of a great cause helping a lot of people in need and being part of that is a great feeling and a blessing to be here,” Engram said.

Hillside Mayor Dahlia Vertreese, who was helping to pass the turkeys right along with the towering players, said they may show off their muscles on the field but it’s their hearts that are making the biggest impact.

“If the Giants can support this cause, you can support it too, you’re never too good to participate and make sure people are taken care of, when you’re privileged you should always make sure to give back,” Vertreese said.

The Community Food Bank of New Jersey will be distributing more than 25,000 turkeys this holiday season.