- With more and more schools closing amid the pandemic, more and more kids are losing their constant source of meals.
- So basketball star Stephen Curry and his wife Ayesha launched the Eat. Learn. Play. foundation last summer to help provide meals for struggling families.
- They have since served up over 15 million meals and helped hundreds of restaurant workers get rehired.
NBA star Stephen Curry and his wife Ayesha have been quietly providing meals to struggling families amid the pandemic.
Since launching the Eat. Learn. Play. foundation last summer, the couple have served up over 15 million meals with the help of the Oakland, California school system and the Alameda County Community Food Bank.
The basketball star shared in a video tweet that a lot of kids rely on the meals provided by their schools, which were forced to close amid the pandemic.
“The Oakland Unified School District is closing the doors for the foreseeable future, so we want to intercede on behalf of the kids that rely on the daily services and try to help any way we can,” he said.
Oakland is closing schools bc of COVID-19. We support this decision but are concerned a/b the 18,000+ kids that rely on school for 2+ meals daily. @eatlearnplay is donating to @ACCFB to ensure every child has access to the food they need. Join us & donate https://t.co/nDqF7OoO0Z pic.twitter.com/nFp0w1eFqH— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) March 14, 2020
The initiative has since expanded from providing 4,000 meals a week to 300,000, with the help of Chef José Andrés, founder of the nonprofit disaster-relief group World Central Kitchen.
Here’s a breakdown of the number of meals they have provided:
Aside from providing meals, Steph and Ayesha Curry’s foundation has helped “more than 900 Oakland restaurant workers” get rehired.
Anna Shova, World Central Kitchen’s restaurant operations lead, told Sf-ist, “It’s like we’re feeding the restaurants to make sure they can feed the community. Restaurant culture has changed. Popular Michelin star restaurants have now asked ‘What else can I do for the community?’”
Together, we were able to place community at the heart of our work and serve well over 15 million meals.— Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation (@eatlearnplay) January 6, 2021
Here are some of #EatLearnPlay’s favorite moments from 2020. Comment down below with your favorite #EatLearnPlay moment! pic.twitter.com/AkI2qmM4cz
Ayesha Curry told The SF Chronicle that it has been a blessing to be able to keep up with the demand during the ongoing crisis.
Steph Curry shared, “The things my wife and I try to do, separately and together, are to raise awareness, to find impactful partnerships, to be human, and understand the urgency of the moment.”
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Source: Good News Network