The Migdol Foundation hosted its annual “Feeding Harlem Families” Thanksgiving dinner, providing hot meals to over 1,500 Harlem families.
While in previous years they have given back to the Harlem community by providing a full Thanksgiving sit-down dinner, this year, as Harlem families face growing food insecurity but a limitation on congregating, they joined with local elected officials including Congressman Adriano Espaillat, Assemblyman Al Taylor, Borough President Gale Brewer, Councilman Bill Perkins, Manhattan DA candidate Alvin Bragg, District Leader Keith Lilly, and Harlem celebrity actor/rapper Dave East to distribute packed Grab-and-Go hot full dinners for families.
This is the 10th Annual Feeding Families Thanksgiving Celebration and was hosted at the Fifth Avenue Adult Day Care Center on 111th Street.
“We are thankful for so much as part of the Harlem community,” said Migdol Family Foundation founder Jerry Migdol. “Since the beginning of this COVID-19 pandemic, Harlem has been one of the hardest-hit communities in our state and country.
Thousands of families have lost substantial portions of their income. Families have gone hungry. It’s an honor to be able to give back each year by joining with Councilman Bill Perkins, the Sojourner Truth Democratic Club and others in the community to provide a full Thanksgiving Dinner for Harlem individuals and families and especially those in need.”
District Leader Keith Lilly added, “Thank you to Jerry Migdol, the Migdol Family Foundation and the countless others that helped make our Thanksgiving Feeding Families a reality. In addition to feeding the more than 1,000 families who joined us, we also delivered over 500 additional meals to sick and shut-in family members who unfortunately can’t leave their homes.”
Also helping prepare, pack, and distribute the Grab-and-Go meals were firemen from Engine 35/Ladder 14/Battalion 12. Recently, The Migdol Organization donated 15 new mattresses to the FDNY firehouse in East Harlem.
The donation replaces old mattresses that had lost their filling and were causing back pain and other ailments among the firefighters. They will be used to give the firefighters some much-deserved rest during their downtime at the firehouse.