Hormel and Stop & Shop called ‘The Real Deal’ as 600 donated hams fill a Staten Island food pantry

STATEN ISLAND, NY — Students from PS 57 and Staten Island’s own Teddy Atlas, legendary boxing trainer and sports commentator, celebrated the donation of about 600 hams to the Dr. Theodore Atlas Foundation food pantry. The gift came from Stop & Shop and its partner, Hormel Foods, in a presentation at the New Dorp store on Tuesday morning.

The hams, now in the pantry’s inventory just in time for Easter, are slated for families across the borough. The Teddy Atlas Foundation is a not-for-profit with a mission to help children.


Teddy Atlas makes a speech to thank Hormel and Stop & Shop. (Courtesy of Marc Levine)


Atlas spoke to reps from Stop & Shop and the Concord school with the supermarket’s floral section in the backdrop.

He said, “In boxing, we have a great heavyweight champion. His name was Evander Holyfield — and he was one of my favorites. And he had a nickname… ‘The Real Deal.’ You guys are the real deal for me, that’s the way I look at it. Hormel and Stop & Shop: you get it done.”


Flashback to Nov. 17, 2006: Ex-boxing champ Evander Holyfield and former Yankee slugger Gary Sheffield were just two of the celebrities on hand for one of the Island’s most star-studded benefits held at the Hilton Garden Inn, Bloomfield. The annual event raises funds for the Dr. Theodore Atlas Foundation. (Staten Island Advance/Nicholas Fevelo)

Atlas talked about his father, Dr. Theodore Atlas, for whom his foundation is named. He said, “For me, the greatest thing about success is the opportunities that success gives you — to help other people. And that is what’s so special about these people, these organizations — they actually take that success and they give it back.”

He added, “My father practiced medicine on Staten Island 55 years. He founded two hospitals — the first one before this big bridge [the Verrazzano] got built. A lot of people didn’t like the bridge getting built but it allowed more hands to come over, so that’s a good thing.”


Off-loading the Hormel hams in New Dorp (Courtesy of Marc Levine)

Atlas said that first hospital housed 22 beds “impacting the people in the most need.” He also noted that on his father’s he one day off — Thursdays — the good doctor would grocery shop for patients, mostly seniors. Dr. Atlas knew they didn’t have enough food for when they returned home.

“That’s what he did on his day off. Well, you guys are doing it now and helping to keep that tradition going with delivering some food. It’s it’s not a Thursday — we did it on a Tuesday — but it’s gonna get done,” said a grateful Atlas. I have expressed his appreciation for “good people caring about others and helping us do what we do.

He concluded, “Like I said — you’re the real deal.”


Teddy Atlas shakes hands with Stop & Shop brass. (Courtesy of Marc Levine)

“Stop & Shop is pleased to continue its Easter tradition of making a significant donation to the Teddy Atlas Foundation to support our neighbors in need,” said Stefanie Shuman, manager of external communications at Stop & Shop. “We are grateful for our partner at Hormel Foods, who assisted with the donation, as well as for the Teddy Atlas Foundation for its commitment to improving the quality of life of all Staten Island residents.”

The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC, an Ahold Delhaize USA Company, employs 58,000 associates in over 400 stores throughout the Northeast. With its various donation campaigns on Staten Island and company-wide, the chain says it “is committed to making an impact in its communities by fighting hunger, supporting our troops, and investing in pediatric cancer research to help find a cure.”


Reps from PS 57 in Clifton help unload the Easter donations from Hormel and Stop & Shop.(Courtesy of Marc Levine)

“The Dr. Atlas Foundation believes that all people should feel loved and cared for,” Atlas said. “So once again we have joined with Stop & Shop, Hormel Foods, and other community partners to provide hams so that Staten Island families in need can have a traditional Easter meal.”


Hundreds of holiday hams head to a Staten Island food pantry funded by the Dr. Atlas Foundation. (Courtesy of Marc Levine)

According to the US Census Bureau, 8.3% of Staten Island residents live below the federal poverty line; 1 in 7 New York City residents are food insecure.

Stop & Shop is open for Easter Sunday from 7 am to 5 pm

Pamela Silvestri is Advance Food Editor. She can be reached at silvestri@siadvance.com.

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