March 24, 2020
Brooklyn Nets’ player Kyrie Irving has partnered with Lineage Logistics and Feeding America® o help provide meals to people in amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The goal of this campaign is to help ensure no family or child goes hungry during the coronavirus pandemic.
Irving is personally contributing $323,000 and is requesting that his family, friends, fans, and partners join him in donating in support of Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund. Lineage Logistics, the world’s largest and most innovative provider of temperature-controlled logistics, plans on matching all donations up to $200,000 to City Harvest, New York City’s private response to hunger and largest food rescue organization. Irving and Lineage will also be donating over 250,000 meals to City Harvest to immediately help those affected by COVID-19.
“Seeing the effects of COVID-19 reach our families, our schools, our jobs, and access to food has really impacted me,” said Irving in a written statement. “I am excited to partner with Feeding America and Lineage Logistics to launch the Share A Meal campaign to help marginalized communities get the food resources they require during this time, and to work with City Harvest to distribute meals to my neighbors in need across the New York area. Thank you to everyone on the front line working to keep all of us safe, healthy, and fed. Together we can change the world one small gesture at a time.”
“The COVID-19 virus presents extraordinary challenges for moving, storing, and distributing food on a large scale,” said Greg Lehmkuhl, Lineage’s President & CEO. “At Lineage, we’ve built a business dedicated to shepherding food all over the world, and that experience puts us in a unique position to help overcome these challenges. We want to do our part by sharing what we have to offer – including temperature-controlled warehouse space, supply chain logistics expertise, and financial resources.”
Deemed an essential service by Gov. Cuomo and New York State, City Harvest is dedicated to feeding New Yorkers who are struggling to put food on their tables, and in response to the COVID-19 crisis and the economic impact, it is having on the community. City Harvest, with its fleet of 22 trucks, will continue to be on the road, working hard to make sure all children, families, and New Yorkers in need have enough nutritious food in the coming weeks, months, and beyond.