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The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation, PepsiCo and Feed the Children joined forces last Friday at Xfinity Live! in South Philadelphia for “Get Ready Fest: Feeding Philadelphia.” The event is an effort to fight hunger and help Philadelphia families in need.

Full article By Kharisma McIlwaine: http://www.philasun.com/local/get-ready-fest-helping-to-feed-philadelphia/

ABOVE PHOTO: Gwendolyn and Malcolm Jenkins with a representative from Community College of Philadelphia at Get Ready Fest. (Photo: K-Len Anderson)

The Philadelphia community greatly benefited from the event. Two semi-auto trucks were filled with food, daily essentials, books and school supplies. Free health screenings and haircuts were also available for the people in attendance. 

ABOVE PHOTO: Malcolm Jenkins, founder and chairman and Gwendolyn V. Jenkins, president, Malcolm Jenkins Foundation with Youth Build PHL. (Photo: K-Len Anderson)

“[When] I first got here (Philadelphia) in 2014, we had been doing a lot of work in New Orleans and in New Jersey, where I’m from,” he said. “We were trying to figure out what we could do in Philly that could be impactful and we came up with “Get Ready Fest”. We hosted it in North Philly in 2014. We fed children with PepsiCo and we’ve been doing it every since then. It’s an opportunity for us to not only feed families, we are serving 800 families today, but also to bring resources from the community directly to these families that are in need and it’s been great. The support we’ve gotten from volunteers and community groups consistently showing up regardless of the weather has been awesome and it’s families that need it. This won’t save and change everything, but it definitely provides some relief and hopefully the resources that they need for the time being.”