State governments are shutting down public spaces amidst the coronavirus epidemic all around the world and in the U.S., and that includes schools and colleges. As we all know, these directives are issued in the best interest of public health and safety, and school districts across the country have been taking measures to ensure that their students, who would go hungry without school lunches, have access to hot meals every day. Some school districts have opted for the “grab and go” option, while others have partnered with community soup kitchens and churches.
Basketball legend Steph Curry and his wife Ayesha Curry want to make sure that no child goes hungry, and they have stepped in to save the day. As reported by CNN, the famous couple will help provide one million meals to students who cannot attend school due to shutdowns.
The Currys have partnered up with a foodbank based in Oakland, California, their hometown, to reach as many young children as possible. They announced their plan in a video that was posted to Twitter, and Steph stated in the video that they know the world is changing before our eyes in terms of dealing with the spread of coronavirus, and they had just found out that the Oakland Unified School District is closing the doors for the foreseeable future. So, in order to intervene on behalf of the kids that rely on the daily services and try to help as much as they can, he and Ayesha will be collaborating with the Oakland Unified School District and the Alameda County Community Food Bank through their Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation.
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 National School Lunch Program supplies free or low-cost lunches to 29.7 million children on any given day, and, unfortunately, it is children in low-income families that will suffer the most because of the shutdowns. The Oakland Unified School District has temporarily closed schools until April 15, and 12 of the schools in the district have chosen to provide meals through a “grab and go” system. So, the Curry family has decided to do their bit when their state needs them, and they will provide 1 million hot meals to children.
Thanks to Steph and Ayesha, at least some children and their families will not have to worry about their next meal, and organizations such as Feeding America, Save the Children, and Blessings in a Backpack are helping the couple pull off this philanthropic initiative.
We all have to take responsibility for ourselves and do whatever it takes to #stopthespread. There’s a sense of urgency to flatten the curve and give ourselves and the healthcare system the best chance to get through this pandemic. Share this message and let’s protect each other! pic.twitter.com/T8JfydahCu
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) March 15, 2020