Healthy food and healthy eating were on the minds of the Eagles organization throughout the entire month of November. With the holidays in sight, the team and staff set out to help the local communities of Greater Philadelphia in any way that they could. As a whole, the Eagles banded together to successfully complete the team's second annual Online Healthy Food Drive, but this was only a piece of the "giving pie." The team went out into the community and got their hands dirty as well when they were planting, growing, and harvesting healthy fruits and vegetables. After that, they helped package Thanksgiving meals, and even helped move boxes around local food pantries. All in all, it was a great month of giving to prepare for the holidays.
This Eagle's second annual Online Healthy Food Drive was hosted in conjunction with YouGiveGoods.com (thanks to all Eagles fans who participated!) The food drive was able to raise upwards of 3,200 pounds of healthy food for the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger. These donated foods include only produce or other items with high nutritional value, giving families in need the opportunity to put the right food on the table.
The Eagles staff and players also kindly contributed monetary donations towards Thanksgiving meal programs through the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger. These funds were able provide a full Thanksgiving feast for more than 500 hundred families in need.
Here's a look back at some of the events that the team and staff participated in throughout the month…
In early November, Eagles players used their day off to travel to Strawberry Mansion High School and revitalized its community garden with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, a 2014 Eagles Care partner. Alongside the school's first-year football team and culinary students, Eagles players planted fruit trees and flower bulbs, and harvested vegetables and fresh fruit in the community garden along Ridge Avenue.
The vegetables harvested from this garden were then also donated to a local pantry!
Following the garden revitalization, the school's culinary students put on a cooking demonstration for the Eagles. They showed the players not only the importance of healthy eating, but the skills and recipes needed in order to cook for a healthy lifestyle. The students prepared everything from kale chips to fresh basil dip.
The Eagles dropped by Strawberry Mansion High School on Community Monday to help revitalize the school's community garden and promote healthy eating. Saturday, the Eagles' second annual online Healthy Food Drive.
The Eagles' staff also volunteered at Philabundance Food Bank in South Philadelphia in the middle of November. This day-long initiative provided Philabundance with some extra help just in time for the busy holiday season. They spent the time packing boxes, loading pallets and unloading trucks to help provide for low-income residents in the Delaware Valley.
On Wednesday, Eagles employees volunteered their time at Philabundance Food Bank in South Philadelphia ...
Later in the month, players spent some time at SHARE – the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger's distribution warehouse – to pack Thanksgiving meals in boxes to be distributed to families in need during the holiday week. The players were a part of a great assembly line which filled boxes with turkeys, green beans, apple pies and more.
The players were able to pack over 200 boxes of food that afternoon!
On Friday, the Eagles packed up some Thanksgiving meals to help the under-served families in the Philadelphia area...
Thanks to all who helped sack hunger in Philadelphia during this year's drive!