Jessica OrbonNov 13, 2017, 8:44 pmNov 13, 2017, 9:41 pm

NY Giants help food bank tackle hunger in 1,500 turkey blitz

Community Food Bank of New Jersey will be providing Thanksgiving feasts to underserved communities


HILLSIDE — The New York Giants traded their football gloves for oven mitts in an effort to tackle hunger in New Jersey on Monday.

The eight-man Giants squad took frozen turkeys out of an 18-wheeler truck to bring to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.

Quarterback Geno Smith says the task required some familiar skills.

"A little bit of hand-offs. It was good for the forearms, getting the forearms working and a little bit of an ab workout on the off day — we enjoyed it," Smith said

The truck was loaded up with 1,500 turkeys donated from Stop and Shop for the hundreds of thousands of people in the state who are food insecure.

The food bank’s CEO, Debra Vizzi says in order to solve the problem of hunger, Thanksgiving needs to be all year long.

"We have to be able to feed them in the summertime and in the middle of the winter when it's not top of mind that there's holiday coming so Thanksgiving has to happen, that level of abundance has to happen in equal ways throughout the year and we're always here at the food bank to make sure that happens," Vizzi said.

Although the Giants haven't had the season their fans would have hoped, the players were happy to help and show their supporters that defeating hunger takes teamwork.

After unloading hundreds of turkeys, the players took time out of their intense practice schedule to volunteer at the food bank, packaging pasta to be given out to almost a million people in the state who rely on food banks.

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