Basketball Legends Stephen And Ayesha Curry Silently Donated 15 Million Meals During The Pandemic

Basketball Legends Stephen And Ayesha Curry Silently Donated 15 Million Meals During The Pandemic

“Everything happens for a reason," said Ayesha Curry.

NBA player Stephen Curry (R) and Ayesha Curry attend the 2017 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

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.


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."


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.”


“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.”


“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. 


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