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Turkey Challenge 2021

Turkey Challenge 2021

Since 2014, GrassROOTS board members, celebrity ambassadors, and partners have participated in a friendly online competition to see who can provide more healthy meals for families.


The pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for families, especially those with children and the elderly. This year, like last year, we have witnessed an increase in food needs. Though we strongly advocate for policy responses to issues of food insecurity, we will continue to attend to emergency needs that arises over the holiday season.


We have committed to providing healthy meals for community members living in Newark, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Atlanta, Georgia.

To date, GrassROOTS has gifted the community 12000 turkeys and 1000 pounds of fruit and vegetables.

Pounds of Fruit

Each $25 that you donate will provide community members with a turkey, 5lbs of fresh fruit and vegetables along with some of the fixings.


It’s that simple!

$25 = a healthy holiday meal for (1) family.

We have renewed our usual friendly competition via social media. Choose your team and support them in their effort to provide meals for families in need. If you can’t decide, please feel free to donate to the general fund. The community is the real winner.



1. Choose your team

Aja Graydon-Dantzler, Kindred the Family Soul


Lisa Maxwell, Mastercard


Tia Briggs-Sawyer, Uzima Dance Fitness


Dr. Janice Johnson Dias, John Jay College


2. Donate directly at to our general Give Thanks via PayPal

Give Thanks Activities (Roll out)

COVID safety rules apply to all Give Thanks events Volunteers should be vaccinated and/or present legal evidence of a negative COVID test taken within 24-48 hours

Uzima Dance Fitness Fundraiser

The Waterfront

2 Grafton Ave

Newark, NJ 07104


NO RSVP required

Service Day Philadelphia, PA

Lutheran Settlement House

To volunteer click here 

Team Aja Fundraiser

In collaboration with Uzima Dance Fitness and Philadelphia Dance Premier, LLC

24 N Lansdowne Ave 2nd Floor, Lansdowne, PA 19050


Distribution Day Philadelphia, PA

1340 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Georgia King Village Senior Dinner, Newark, NJ

Turkey Giveaway

Georgia King Village

Newark, New Jersey


To volunteer click here

Warrior Women Dinner, Newark, NJ

Supporting women domestic violence survivors

Service and Distribution Day

1870 Campbelton Road, SW

Atlanta, GA 30311

To volunteer click here


Click button below a person to donate

Aja Graydon-Dantzler

Kindred the Family Soul


Faith Evans

Singer and



Yandy Smith

media mogul, entrepreneur

and television personality



Click button below a person to donate

Tia Sawyer-Briggs

CEO of Uzima Dance Fitness


Click button below a person to donate

Lisa Maxwell

Vice President Marketing, Mastercard



Click button below a person to donate

Dr. Janice Johnson Dias

John Jay College



For more information on Turkey Drive results and Give Thanks event, please click here.

Give to your team. The community is the winner.

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