The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation purchased the food from Keven Parker Soul Food Cafe by Ms. Tootsies, a minority-owned business at Reading Terminal Market.
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 Philadelphia Eagles for 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.