NBA star Steph Curry has pledged to give one million free meals to students affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
In a video posted to social media, Steph and his wife Ayesha vowed to make the extraordinary donation to Oakland Unified School District after administrators announced schools would be closed until at least April 5
“Communities relying on Food Banks will be among the hardest hit as we struggle with COVID-19, including children who depend on school meals,” the couple wrote in a statement released through the Alameda County Community Food Bank.
“We’ve made a contribution to ACCFB through our Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation. Please join our team and help us provide more than 1 million meals to ensure that no child in our area worries where their next meal comes from while schools are closed.”
You can donate here.
Determined that no children will go hungry during these uncertain times, Ayesha urged support: “We want to make sure that we rally around everyone and ensure that these kids are not wondering where their next meal is coming from. … And so we’re asking you to rally with us.”
“Hopefully you can join the fight with us and have each other’s backs as we go through this uncertain time in our community,” Steph added.
In addition to his latest charitable donation, Curry and the Golden State Warriors have also pledged $1 million to a disaster relief fund set up in aid of the Chase Center employees who are impacted by NBA shutdown.
At least 70% of the country’s schools have shut down as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, which has claimed 116 American lives and infected over 6,500. On Monday, President Trump called on people to stop gathering in groups of more than 10 and urged parents to teach their kids at home.
“My administration is recommending that all Americans — including the young and healthy — work to engage in schooling from home when possible,” the president said at his press conference. “Avoid discretionary travel and avoid eating and drinking at bars, restaurants and public food courts.”
“If everyone makes these critical changes and sacrifices now, we will rally together as one nation, we will defeat the virus and we’re going to have a big celebration altogether.”
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