PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — For those of us that know Glen Macnow, this isn’t all too surprising.
So when SportsRadio 94WIP’s Chief Engineer Ben Hill went to Macnow—his long-time colleague at the radio station—and asked if he would sponsor a night of food at Joe’s Place, Hill knew the answer would be yes.
“I was delighted that Ben Hill asked me to gather some friends and family and sponsor a night of food at Joe’s Place,” said the well-known Philadelphia sports radio host.
“Glen pursued me in this effort, I didn’t have to push him,” Hill explained. “Which says a lot about him.”
Joe’s Place, located at 1716 S Broadway in Camden, New Jersey was rehabbed by Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center and Sacred Heart Church about 20 years ago. It was built and named after the late-great Joe Pacera, a Camden activist who worked tirelessly to help the poor at Lourdes Medical Center.
Each week a new group takes prides in preparing and delivering a meal to Joe’s Place for local folks in need. This week was Macnow’s turn.
“My wife and I recruited friends and family members to help us,” Macnow said. “Together, our group of eight bought the food, brought it to Joe’s place, cooked and served. We made spaghetti and meatballs, green beans, salad, rolls, watermelon and several desserts.
“I estimate about 100 people came for the meals. These were good people down on their luck, or passed over by a changing economy. Families with kids, men who can’t find jobs, some seniors — people who could use a hand. We were proud and delighted to help them, knowing that — at least that night — they got to eat a good-sized hot meal.”
Of course, once everyone was settled in, Macnow addressed all of the folks who were “concerned about their Eagles and Sixers.”
Macnow was humbled by the opportunity to help the needy.
“Glen and his family did a wonderful thing to come to Camden and feed the poor, who are disadvantaged and need an encouraging smile and a hot plate of good food,” Hill said. “Which he did.”
“Thanks to Ben Hill for the invitation to help,” Macnow said. “And thanks to my wife, Judy, my son Alex and his fiance, Nathan, to Rob and Deb Graff and to Rebe and Bill Hayes-Kennedy.”
Monetary donations and nonperishable food and can be sent to Sacred Heart SVDP Camden, 1739 Ferry Avenue, Camden, NJ 08104.