By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media
PLEASANTVILLE — Chef Andre Murphy is making the holiday season special with his “Racing to Feed” series, feeding the needy in New Jersey and North Carolina with plans to expand even more.
The entrepreneur and chef, who started his Healing For the Soul movement during the COVID-19 pandemic to help those shut in because of lockdown restrictions, continues to gain followers and supporters. For Murphy, it’s a passion-filled mission.
“There’s a huge need to fight hunger regionally and abroad,” Murphy told Front Runner New Jersey.com. “We’ve developed a few feeding initiatives to stomp out hunger in schools and in the workplace.
“Our Heat N Eat initiative provides a countertop refrigerator stocked with our signature dish Murphy’s N Potatoes. This provides employees a free discreet way to enjoy a nutritious meal with no questions asked.”
The plan is to feed more than 1,000 people in need. Last Saturday, his feeding team traveled to Asheville, N.C., to feed more than 500 residents during a Pre-Thanksgiving Meal event sponsored by the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, and was led by Rhonda Mapp, an ex-WNBA player and a major figure in the Asheville Area.
On Wednesday [Nov. 22], the Racing to Feed Series hosted the elderly at the Village at St. Peter’s Senior Housing for another Pre-Thanksgiving Meal serving about 100. On Thanksgiving, Murphy and his team feed about 200 residents at the Community Center in Stanley Homes Village in Atlantic City.
On Sunday, the Racing to Feed Series plans to feed more than 300 residents at the Teacher’s Union Hall, 862 Philadelphia Avenue, in Egg Harbor City.
“Our non-profit organization Healing for the Soul has served over 21,000 people in need since COVID-19 and 13,000 of them have been in the senior community,” Murphy said. “We served approximately 3,000 first responders and have attracted over 60 sponsors.
“Some of our Racing To Feed sponsors have included the Charlotte Hornets, AtlantiCare, Virtua Health, Parke Bank, ACCEA, Kramer Beverage, and the ACUA just to name a few,” he said.
Murphy said he is now planning to expand his feeding tour into Philadelphia and New York in the near future.
“We have over 30 local volunteers in the South Jersey area, plus teams in North Carolina, New York and Massachusetts. Our mission has already shown incredible results from feeding over 22,000 people in need, over 190 feeding events produced, and has attracted over 60 sponsors including the Charlotte Hornets.”
Those wishing to donate can do so at: www.racingtofeed.org.
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