By Teddy Brenner
You can take Malcolm Jenkins out of Philly.
But you can’t take the Philly out of Malcolm Jenkins.
The Eagles fave safety walked to New Orleans to play for the Saints, and the Eagles surely miss his defensive play.
But yesterday Jenkins provided lunch to 300 poll workers at the Pennsylvania Convention Center as they counted votes for the presidential election.
The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation purchased the food from Keven Parker Soul Food Cafe by Ms. Tootsies, a minority-owned business at Reading Terminal Market, a half-block from the PCC.
The poll workers were fed when each was on break from counting votes. They were treated to a lunch box of chicken or fish, dinner roll, macaroni & cheese or yams and a bottle of water.
“Covid-19 has made us aware of the importance of essential workers, and as we try to hold the election in the middle of a pandemic, those who are doing the job of counting votes are essential to our democracy,” Jenkins said in a statement. “My Foundation and I wanted them to know they are appreciated and the work they are doing is important to the fabric of our democracy. It was also important to me to support a minority-owned business in Philadelphia and Keven Parker’s Soul Food Cafe made it happen on short notice.”
Jenkins played for the Eagfor six seasons before re-signing with the Saints this year and was well-known for his efforts in the community and on the social justice front.
The vote counting has been ongoing since Tuesday as the tight race in Pennsylvania has become a focal point of the presidential election.