Curry and his wife, Ayeesha, shared their plan in a Twitter video, revealing that their Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation will work with the Alameda County Community Food Bank and Oakland Unified School District on the initiative.
“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, so we want to intercede on behalf of the kids that rely on the daily services and try to help anyway we can,” Steph said in the video.
As noted by CNN, the National School Lunch Program provides low-cost or free lunches to 29.7 million children, but with the closure of schools across the nations, families are concerned about how they are going to feed their children.
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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 Oakland’s Unified School District has temporarily closed schools through at least Sunday, April 5.
“The statistics are really staggering. 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,” Ayesha said in the Twitter video.
Hear the couple explain their plan via the clip above.
The Golden State Warriors guard also urged his followers “to take responsibility for ourselves and do whatever it takes to #stopthespread,” he wrote on Twiter. Adding, “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!”
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
Meanwhile, the rest of the Warriors have also pledged a $1 million donation to a disaster relief fund to aid Chase Center employees who won’t be working games due to the NBA suspension of the season to help prevent the spread of the potentially deadly CORDVID-19.
Thousands of hourly employees at basketball arenas across the country have been hit the hardest by the NBA shutdown.
The Dallas Mavericks have officially announced their plan to pay hourly workers at the American Airlines Center with owner Mark Cuban vowing to take care of the staffers.
“I reached out to the folks at the arena and our folks at the Mavs to find out what it would cost to support, financially support, people who aren’t going to be able to come to work. They get paid by the hour, and this was their source of income,” he said. “So, we’ll do some things there. We may ask them to go do some volunteer work in exchange, but we’ve already started the process of having a program in place. I don’t have any details to give, but it’s certainly something that’s important to me.”