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Berkeley College teams up with the New York Jets to Tackle Hunger
The holiday season is a time for celebration and gathering with friends and family. However, for 1.5 million New Yorkers struggle with hunger year-round, the holiday season can be an especially challenging and stressful time of year. In the spirit of giving back, Berkeley College kicked off the holiday season by teaming up with the New York Jets to tackle hunger, providing 200,000 meals for New Yorkers in need through the Food Bank for New York City’s 10 Million Meals Match Campaign.
On Tuesday, November 21, 2017, Berkeley College students and staff members gathered with New York Jets team members to make a $20,000 check presentation to the Food Bank for New York City. Now through December 31, all dollars donated to Food Bank will be matched up to $1,000,000.
“What a wonderful experience,” said Iessa Sutton, Campus Operating Officer of Berkeley College’s Brooklyn campus. “Being able to partner with the New York Jets is really exciting in and of itself, but to be able to team up and make an impact in Harlem, one of the many communities that we serve is beyond rewarding.”
New York Jets players and Berkeley College student volunteers then unloaded 100+ turkeys and all the trimmings from Food Bank’s 54-ft. tractor trailer, and got into the kitchen to prep and serve a pre-Thanksgiving dinner to nearly 500 guests at Food Bank for New York City’s Community Kitchen in Harlem.
At Berkeley College, we are proud of our connection to the communities we serve. Every year, the College partners with many non-profit organizations and gives staff, and students and alumni the opportunity to perform valuable community service through volunteerism.