VIDEO: Chicken Joe’s Rides for Kids & Needs Clearing House Massive Food Drive is Just in Time for Thanksgiving

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Michael Brece, Sampson Phillips, Joe Marini, Joe Kaliko, Sean Turpin and Dorian Shafer at Chicken Joe’s in Cos Cob. Credit: Leslie Yager

Kaliko & Marini are at it again. This time the two Joe’s – Joe Marini of Chicken Joe’s whose non profit is Rides for Kids, and Joe Kaliko, of Needs Clearing House – put out the word out to friends, neighbors and customers that the popular eatery was collecting food to bring to area homeless shelters and the Food Bank of Westchester in time for Thanksgiving.

Joe MariniMr. Marini collected donations at his multiple Chicken Joe’s locations in Greenwich and Westchester, and the response was tremendous.

“I just made a connection with Ginsberg’s Foods who will provide items at cost plus $500 worth of donations next time. Everybody chips in and you can make a difference,” Marini said.

The collected non-perishable food items will be sent to Christ Church in Greenwich, Inspirica in Stamford, Bridgeport Rescue Missionin Bridgeport and the Food Bank of Westchester in Elmsford.

“Sunday we’re feeding 400-500 people in Norwalk at East Ave United Methodist Church. Needs Clearing House and Joe’s Rides for Kids bought all the food and we’ve been delivering it a little at the time,” Kaliko said.

And, because the two Joe’s are always looking ahead, Mr. Kaliko mentioned that there will be an encore pizza fundraiser on March 11, which is a Friday night. Watch this space for info on the 3rd annual pizza fund raiser!

Screen Shot 2015-11-20 at 5.17.25 PMScreen Shot 2015-11-20 at 5.14.22 PMOn Saturday volunteers will be peeling 150 lbs of potatoes, according to Joe, who added that the teens from Kids in Crisis will volunteer alongside others in the community. On Sunday Joe Marini is sending a professional crew to bone the turkeys and preparing all the platters for those hundreds of people.

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Joe Kaliko at Chicken Joe’s on Friday afternoon beside a truck partially loaded with food collected in Cos Cob.The truck was headed to Bridgeport Rescue Mission on Friday afternoon. Credit: Leslie Yager

Outside the Cos Cob Chicken Joe’s on Friday afternoon a truck with the familiar Rides for Kids wings was filled to the brim and set to head to Bridgeport Rescue Mission. Over the next several days, trucks from each of the other Chicken Joe’s locations including New Rochelle, Rye and Port Chester will be heading to other shelters.

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Shortie Hopper and Joe Marini at the pizza fundraiser last June at Christ Church. The event raised a six-figure sum. Credit: Leslie Yager

This is not the first collaboration between the two Joe’s.

Last June the duo organized a pizza dinner fundraiser which drew dozens of volunteers and hundreds of fans of pizza to Christ Church where Marini had tested the ovens a few weeks earlier to make sure the pizzas would be cooked to perfection. And they were. The event raised a six-figure sum.

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Chicken Joe’s is located in Cos Cob at 231 East Putnam Ave and 364 West Putnam Ave in Greenwich.

More information about Needs Clearing House is available on their website. Like Needs Clearing House on Facebook.

See also:

Paying it Forward: Chicken Joe’s & Needs Clearing House Pizza Dinner Raises Six-Figure Sum!


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  • Judy Goss

    Love stories like this one! So many good works going on around town. What a great idea to team with Kids in Crisis! Fantastic! Kudos to all!