Members of the Pittsburgh Penguins, in partnership with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, will distribute frozen turkeys to underprivileged families on Monday in Pittsburgh’s Hill District.
Participating families have been pre-selected and notified by the Food Bank.
Colby Armstrong, Max Talbot, Georges Laraque and Kris Letang will meet and greet residents at the Bedford location while distributing the turkeys for Thanksgiving family dinners.
“We are grateful to the Penguins for the turkeys and for bringing attention to the problem of hunger in our neighborhoods,” said Joyce Rothermel, CEO of the Food Bank. “A holiday meal seems like something every family should be able to enjoy at this time of giving thanks.”
The team successfully kicked off its holiday season community initiatives on Nov.7 with a record-breaking pre-game food drive at Mellon Arena benefiting the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. The drive eclipsed all previous collection totals with over 3,700 pounds of food and over $3,500 in cash donations.
The Penguins organization will also publish a Penguins Family Cookbook “Goal Scorers & Gourmets” in early December featuring favorite player recipes with proceeds from each book benefiting the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
Additional upcoming team holiday initiatives benefiting local charities include a team visit to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, the annual “Toys for Tots” toy collection on Nov. 30, the Penguins Wives Holiday Online Auction, the season ticket holders’ holiday photo sessions and a holiday ornament sale with the Penguins Booster Club.