LA Dodgers Join with Salvation Army to Distribute 40,000 Meals to Local Families
On Thursday, the Dodgers along with the Dodgers Foundation teamed up with the Salvation Army to continue their incredible charitable efforts amid this pandemic. Moreover, 2,000 local families received the equivalent of 40,000 meals at Dodger Stadium.
Great work by the @Dodgers, the @DodgersFdn, and the fine folks at @salvationarmy! Roughly 40,000 meals were distributed to 2,000 families in need.
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— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) May 28, 2020
On the community event, Vice President of External Affairs and Community Relations Naomi Rodrigez had this to say.
Food insecurity has been a major challenge for so many families during this pandemic, and we know these boxes of essential food items and gift cards will have a great impact in providing 40,000 meals for our community. Community service is at the heart of the Dodger organization, and we’re committed to continuing our relief efforts and working in concert with our local leaders to help fill the needs of our community during these tough times.
Each care package given to families contained non-perishable groceries, canned goods, and a gift card from Smart & Final markets. The families also received hand sanitizer and cleaning wipe amongst hygienic items.
More from an Official Press Release
Over 80% of our Dodgers RBI families qualify for free and reduced lunch. Today is one of the many ways LADF is working to address food insecurity for our families during this pandemic,” said Nichol Whiteman, LADF Chief Executive Officer. “We are doing our best to listen to our families and nonprofit partners and will continue our efforts to distribute food boxes, books and educational resources, hygiene supplies, toys, and more to help meet their needs and support the communities we serve.”
This event was the latest in the Dodgers and Dodgers Foundation’s relief efforts, which began in early April and have provided more than 145,000 meals to the most vulnerable Angelenos and more than $177,000 worth of food, water, hygiene necessities, gift cards and Dodger products to community organizations. The team has also provided grants to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, My Friend’s Place, the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, and Brotherhood Crusade with additional grants to be provided to organizations that address homelessness, basic needs and food insecurity. Fans can learn more and those that are able to donate can join the Dodgers’ relief efforts by visiting Dodgers.com/Relief.