Kings Food Markets is joining forces this holiday season with South Ward Children’s Alliance, a division of the BRICK Education Network (BEN), to provide Thanksgiving meals and culinary education to families in the greater South Ward of Newark, NJ. Together, the organizations will distribute a classic Thanksgiving meal including turkey, and traditional sides, such as mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn, cranberry sauce, and gravy.
Through Kings’ Act Against Hunger Campaign, Kings will host a four day Thanksgiving drive from November 1 – November 4, 2019, in each of their 23 New Jersey stores where Kings guests will purchase a pre-assembled Thanksgiving sides bag, and Kings will donate a frozen turkey for each bag sold. Together with their guests, Kings will provide up to 400 families with an entire Thanksgiving meal.
“Kings has long been a supporter of food insecurity solutions, and when the opportunity came up to partner with the South Ward Children’s Alliance and BRICK Education Network to support an entire community this Thanksgiving, we jumped at it. We’re also excited to host a pre-Thanksgiving cooking class for families directly served by the South Ward Children’s Alliance, to meet the families and to give them all the training they need to prepare a delicious holiday meal,” said Judith Spires, CEO of Kings Food Markets.
BEN invests in children and their caregivers together to relentlessly knock down barriers to students’ academic success. As New Jersey’s first and only person of color led charter management organization, BEN knows that education allows children to achieve their dreams. It is their mission that every child will have the ability to overcome generational obstacles to unlock his or her limitless potential.
“Unfortunately, many of the families and students we serve across our schools, Achieve Clinton Hill and Marion P. Thomas Charter, and through our social services support division, South Ward Children’s Alliance, lack access to high-quality food options on a consistent basis. Through this amazing partnership with Kings Food Markets, we have the ability to provide our families the opportunity to gather around the table with family and friends and enjoy a healthy meal this holiday season,” said Dominique Lee, Founder and CEO of BEN. “We hope this gesture will help to lessen the burdens our families face as they do their best to provide for their children in the midst of food insecurities during this festive time.”