The NFL branding on the field Oakland Raiders v Chicago Bears,Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, 6 Oct 2019 photo: Jed Leicester /NFL

NFL UK is supporting local charities in the Tottenham area to give back to its residents. Today, NFL Academy students have been at Community Cook Up to support the community on Thanksgiving, ensuring a friendly, safe and inclusive space is accessible to all.

Community Cook Up is available weekly on Thursdays from 10AM-2PM in Haringey and works to create an inviting space in which food and cultures can be shared and appreciated. It encourages a sense of belonging for all and safeguards the needs of all who attend. It offers food for people to take home and cook themselves, plus a freshly cooked hot meal, as well as clothing and shoes for men, women, children and babies, toiletries, sanitary items, household items (washing powder/cleaning products), bedding and electrical goods.

NFL Academy students Toshane Boyce, Running Back, and Olatunde Mkpru, Defensive Back, studying in North London attended to help those in need this Thanksgiving. Representing NFL UK, Toshane and Olatunde provided Haringey residents with donated clothes and food.

Speaking on his experience, Toshane said, “I’m a proud North Londoner today, and I’m thankful that I can give back to a community that has provided so much for me and have a positive impact on the people of this great area.”

Olatunde said, “I am proud to have the support of the NFL behind me and have the opportunity to help those in my community that need it the most. I hope together we can continue to support Harringay and the whole of North London.”

Alison Davy, Community Cook Up Coordinator, said, “We have been running weekly Cook Up sessions for a long time and it’s fantastic to see that the work we’re doing is having a positive impact in the community. Our ethos is about coming together to help each other. Any of us can find ourselves in need of support and the appreciation we receive is inspiring. It’s been a great experience working with the NFL, as well as Toshane and Olatunde who have provided the helping hands that are ever-important for work like this, I look forward to their continued support..”

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