Steph Curry and his wife Ayesha Curry posted a Twitter message on Friday, March 13, and said they’ll give 1 million meals to students in Oakland, California, who won’t be going to school because of the coronavirus.
Last week the Oakland Unified School District announced that schools will close until April 5, including child development centers.
An extremely large number of students depend on the National School Lunch Program’s free and low-cost meals. Reportedly, out of the Oakland schools that are closed, 12 of them will hand out meals to students that they’ll be able to pick up and take home during the closures.
“We know the world is changing before our eyes in terms of dealing with the spread of coronavirus, and we just found out that the Oakland Unified School District is closing the doors for the foreseeable future,” said Steph. “So we want to intercede on behalf of the kids that rely on the daily services and try to help anyway we can.”
“The statistics are really staggering,” Ayesha followed. “At least 18,000 kids rely on at least two meals a day from the school system, so 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.”
Last year, the Currys announced the start of their organization Eat. Learn. Play., which they hope will end childhood hunger in low-income areas.
Eat. Learn. Play. will work with the Alameda County Community Food Bank and Oakland Unified School District to give out the meals.
Once their video surfaced, many thanked the Currys for their donation and let them know how huge of an impact they’ll make.
“Props!! Does so much in the community that goes unnoticed,” one person tweeted.
“You, like Shaq, forever changed the game. Keep doing positive,” another fan wrote.
“Nice when sports heroes turn out to be great people too,” read a third comment.