Two weeks ago Harrison Barnes jumped in with three of his teammates to provide over 1,250 meals to those in need while aiding local Sacramento restaurants. The Kings’ starting small forward is at it again on Monday.
Harrison and Brittany Barnes have pledged $40,000 to purchase groceries for vulnerable families and seniors in the area.
“Food accessibility is a health crisis that has always affected underserved communities,” Harrison said via press release of his and his wife’s effort. “This pandemic has really magnified the issue - so we knew this was an area we wanted to focus our efforts.”
The couple have partnered with a handful of local non-profits to distribute dry goods, fresh vegetables and fruits, as well as meats to those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
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“During these uncertain times, we wanted to find a way to serve and be impactful to vulnerable families in our community. My wife and I were privileged to partner with The Center at Sierra Health Foundation and Black Child Legacy Campaign and its trusted partners, who are doing incredible work to ensure families in Sacramento’s most underserved communities have food on the table,” Barnes added. “We’re proud to do a small part in providing more families with food security during these difficult times.”
In addition to purchasing groceries for those in need, the Barnes' also are having Dutch Bros coffee and pastries delivered to physicians and staff working on the front lines in the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit.
This is a continuation of the Kings’ “In this Together” initiative. The team donated the Arco Arena property that is currently being turned into a surge hospital by the Army Corps of Engineers. Bogdan Bogdanovic, Nemanja Bjelica and Anna and Vlade Divac partnered to send much needed medical supplies to Serbia. Bogdanovic joined Barnes, De’Aaron Fox and Richaun Holmes in sending food to locals in need and Cory Joseph has been active both in his hometown of Toronto and in Sacramento.