Saints’ Malcolm Jenkins buys food for election workers counting votes in Philadelphia

The efforts of the Players Coalition – a collection of former and current NFL players committed to social change – extend beyond the 2020 election. But as the contest plays out in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania, a co-founder of the group made one final contribution. 

New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins purchased food for the roughly 300 poll workers still counting votes at the Philadelphia Convention Center on Friday. Jenkins spent the previous six seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.  

"Covid-19 has made us aware of the importance of essential workers, and as we try to hold the election in the middle of a pandemic, those who are doing the job of counting votes are essential to our democracy," Jenkins wrote on Instagram.

"(The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation) and I wanted them to know they are appreciated and the work they are doing is important to the fabric of our democracy. It was also important to me to support a minority-owned business in Philadelphia and Keven Parker's Soul Food Cafe and Reading Terminal Market made it happen on short notice."

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While the race rolls on – the PA poll workers have been working non-stop to deliver results! Covid-19 has made us aware of the importance of essential workers, and as we try to hold the election in the middle of a pandemic, those who are doing the job of counting votes are essential to our democracy. @themjfoundation and I wanted them to know they are appreciated and the work they are doing is important to the fabric of our democracy. It was also important to me to support a minority-owned business in Philly and Keven Parker's Soul Food Cafe and Reading Terminal Market made it happen on short notice 👊🏾 @mstootsies @rdgterminalmkt #TMJF

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Mail-in ballots are still being counted in Philadelphia, where Joe Biden is increasing his lead on Donald Trump in the state. If Biden were to win Pennsylvania, he would surpass the 270 electoral votes required to be elected. 

Jenkins, a three-time Pro Bowler, returned to New Orleans – the team that selected him in the first round of the 2009 draft – this offseason. Through seven games he has 42 tackles and six pass breakups.  

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