FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 12, 2008
MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND GIANTS DELIVER SUPER BOWL XLII WAGER WINNINGS TO CITY HARVEST AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
City Harvest Receives Food Items to be Distributed to Soup Kitchens
Modell's Sporting Goods and Wilson Sporting Goods Donate 2,008 Footballs to Local Youth Sports Programs Through the Department of Youth and Community Development
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Super Bowl champion Giants Rich Seubert (OL) and Michael Matthews (TE) today delivered food and footballs won in the Super Bowl wager to City Harvest and the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) for distribution to soup kitchens and youth sports programs across the city. The food, which was shipped overnight through a FedEx donation, was transferred to City Harvest, a nonprofit organization that collects and delivers excess food from restaurants and manufacturers to local soup kitchens and food pantries. The footballs, which were donated by Modell's Sporting Goods and Wilson Sporting Goods, were delivered to three youth sports programs and DYCD, which will distribute the remaining footballs to other programs throughout the five boroughs. Mayor Bloomberg, Rich Seubert, and Michael Matthews were joined by DYCD Commissioner Jeanne B. Mullgrav, Community Affairs Unit Commissioner Nazli Parvizi, City Harvest Executive Director Jilly Stephens, and Executive Vice President of Modell's Sporting Goods Bill Barrett, along with representatives from the Child Center of New York, United Activities Unlimited and the Samuel Field YMHA for the delivery in City Hall Plaza.
"The Super Bowl and tickertape parade may be over, but the Giants' win continues to bring cheer to New York City with today's delivery of food won from our wager with Mayor Menino," said Mayor Bloomberg. "Our administration is committed to feeding the hungry, and I want to thank the businesses in Boston who donated food, Modell's for distributing footballs, FedEx for offering free shipping, and most of all, the New York Giants, whose underdog victory not only won New York City the food we are delivering today, but inspired an entire city and people throughout the world."
Prior to Super Bowl XLII, Mayor Bloomberg and Mayor Thomas M. Menino wagered food products from New York and Boston to be donated to charity in the winning city. The donated food includes 100 cups of New England Clam Chowder from Legal Sea Foods; 42 pounds of coffee from Dunkin' Donuts (in honor of Super Bowl XLII); 12 dozen Boston Cream Pies and 12 Dozen Parker House Rolls (in honor of Tom Brady's #12) from Boston's Omni Parker House Hotel; 100 Old Tyme hot dogs and 100 Alfresco chicken sausages from Kayem; 20 pizzas from Sal's; 5 cases of Brigham's "Boston You're My Home" Ice Cream; 5 cases of Cherry on the Top Frozen Yogurt Bars from Elan; and 100 servings of Stonyfield Farm Organic Yogurt.
City Harvest will be delivering the food to local community organizations including Neighbors Together in Brooklyn; Love Gospel Kitchen in the Bronx; Broadway Community in Harlem; Bethany Baptist Church in Queens and Stapleton UAME Church in Staten Island.
"City Harvest is a leader in New York City's fight against hunger," said CAU Commissioner Parvizi. "We are delighted to partner with them to help ensure that our city's hungry receive the food won through the Giants' thrilling victory."
"We love being able to bring agencies this array of shelf-stable and fresh foods that are so rich in protein," said Jilly Stephens. "This is a special treat for hungry New Yorkers, and we're grateful to Mayor Bloomberg and Mayor Menino for helping to give our city's hungry men, women and children a taste of the Giants' victory."
Modell's Sporting Goods and Wilson Sporting Goods pledged to donate 2,008 footballs to the winning city. Thanks to the Giants' victory, Modell's will distribute the footballs to young people in Beacon Community Centers, Out-of-School Time programs, and other youth programs that include football activities.
"Sports and recreation are an important component of DYCD's after school programs," said DYCD Commissioner Mullgrav. "The combination of the Giants' spectacular win and the generous donation of 2,008 footballs are sure to inspire young people across the City to get active and have fun."
"We were looking for a way to add to the spirit of the Mayors' wager and also bring something practical that would truly benefit the local youth organizations," said Modell's Sporting Goods President and CEO Mitchell Modell. "We reached out to our friends at Wilson Sporting Goods and together we came up with a quantity of 2,008 footballs, signifying the year in which Super Bowl XLII was played."
Stu Loeser/Matthew Kelly (212) 788-2958
Ryan Dodge (Youth and Community Development)
Teresa Gonzalez (Community Affairs Unit)