“Everything happens for a reason," said Ayesha Curry.
Three-time NBA champion and two-time MVP, Stephen Curry is a well-known face in the basketball world. Stephen Curry and his wife Ayesha are also generous supporters of charities that lend a helping hand to the people in need, according to Good News Network. 2020 was horrible for a fairly large share of people, and thanks to the Curry family, several people were able to eat healthy meals. The power couple launched Eat. Learn. Play., a foundation that helps families struggling to put food on the table, through donations to the Alameda County Community Food Bank and the Oakland, California school system.
The #EatLearnPlay team has been reflecting on the work we did in 2020. Despite being unusual and challenging, we had a major impact in Oakland thanks to great support from our donors, supporters, partners, and community members. pic.twitter.com/qa6wXms2qE— Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation (@eatlearnplay) January 6, 2021
In a tweet they shared: 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://bit.ly/33iJBwX. In the video, they shared: "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 any way we can."
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
Since then, the initiative took off drastically, and the Curry's joined hands with world-renowned Chef José Andrés, founder of the nonprofit disaster-relief group World Central Kitchen. In terms of numbers, Stephen and Ayesha Curry’s foundation has gone from serving 4,000 meals a week to 300,000. This, in total, means that more than 15 million meals—and counting—have found their way to those in need. But, Eat. Learn. Play. is not just serving meals to the needy, the foundation is also giving the local economy a financial push; about $20 million that has “led to the rehiring of more than 900 Oakland restaurant workers.”
Together, we were able to place community at the heart of our work and serve well over 15 million meals.— Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation (@eatlearnplay) January 6, 2021
Here are some of #EatLearnPlay’s favorite moments from 2020. Comment down below with your favorite #EatLearnPlay moment! pic.twitter.com/AkI2qmM4cz
“It’s like we’re feeding the restaurants to make sure they can feed the community,” World Central Kitchen’s restaurant operations lead Anna Shova told Sf-ist. “Restaurant culture has changed. Popular Michelin star restaurants have now asked ‘What else can I do for the community?’ Now, it’s less about being rewarded and more about being closer to the community. People are opening up their eyes.” Ayesha Curry said, “Everything happens for a reason. For us to start in July and then just a few months later have this crisis thrust at our community and be able to keep up with the demand has really been a blessing.”
Without their support, patience, and generosity, we would not have been able to put together this magical holiday giveaway and provide assistance to Oakland kids and families this holiday season. We are glad our efforts brought smiles to everyone in attendance! #HappyHolidays pic.twitter.com/GzFGHom0ge— Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation (@eatlearnplay) December 30, 2020
“It’s all about impact,” Steph Curry added. “The things my wife and I try to do, separately and together, are to raise awareness, to find impactful partnerships, to be human, and understand the urgency of the moment.” Their foundation also puts their words into action as the mission is: Stephen and Ayesha Curry’s Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation is committed to unlocking the amazing potential of every child by fighting to end childhood hunger, ensuring students have access to quality education and providing safe places for all children to play and be active. Thanks to them, millions of people haven't had to worry about hot meals and that truly is commendable.
Thank you to our sponsors for helping us support the Oakland community during this holiday season. We provided 1,000 families with $250 gift cards, as well as groceries, restaurant meals, fresh produce, books, and boxes full of incredible gifts provided by our great partners. pic.twitter.com/X2fmj9Khod— Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation (@eatlearnplay) December 20, 2020