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    A&P, N.Y. Jets Tackle Hunger

    The New York Jets have teamed up with the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. for the Seventh Annual New York Jets Taste of the NFL Benefit. The hunger-fighting event, scheduled for May 5 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Cipriani’s Wall Street, has raised $835,000 since it began in 2003.

    The New York Jets have teamed up with the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. for the Seventh Annual New York Jets Taste of the NFL Benefit. The hunger-fighting event, scheduled for May 5 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Cipriani’s Wall Street, has raised $835,000 since it began in 2003.

    “At A&P we also strive to provide the best for our customers and our communities, especially in the fight against hunger,” said Rebecca Philbert, the company’s SVP, merchandising and supply & logistics.

    “A&P is the ideal partner for us in our fight against hunger,” said Jets EVP, business operations Matt Higgins. “This event has risen more than three-quarters of a million dollars to fight hunger in our local communities and, with the help of A&P, we are looking to go beyond the million-dollar mark this year.”

    The benefit is a star-studded culinary event offering food, wine and football celebrities. This year’s lineup of players includes Nick Mangold, Darrelle Revis and Leon Washington, while restaurants such as NOBU, Tao and Blue Smoke will represent New York’s culinary scene. The event is presented in a “taste-around” style, where attendees are invited to mingle with past and present Jets players and sample dishes of famous chefs.

    Proceeds from sales of the $250 tickets to the event will benefit the New York Jets Foundation.

    Montvale, N.J.-based A&P operates 444 stores in eight states and the District of Columbia under the following banners: A&P, Waldbaum's, Pathmark, Best Cellars, The Food Emporium, Super Foodmart, Super Fresh and Food Basics.

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