Amid the coronavirus pandemic that has forced the postponement of Opening Day, MLB and its players union announced a $1 million joint-donation to be split between Feeding America and Meals on Wheels America, the league announced Monday.
MLB/MLBPA to donate $1 million to emergency food services: pic.twitter.com/z4814CA8Dd— Jessica Kleinschmidt (@KleinschmidtJD) March 16, 2020
Feeding America will distribute its half of the donation to its food banks for families and children who have lost access to meals as a result of school closures. Meals on Wheels America plans to expand its in-home delivery network to reach more senior citizens in need.
“In these difficult times of navigating this pandemic, it is important that we come together as a society to help the most vulnerable members of our communities,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “As an institution, Baseball is extending our commitment to addressing childhood hunger and food availability during this crisis. We are grateful for the partnership with our players on this critical issue, which has the potential to deeply affect children and seniors.”
MLB also announced Monday that it was pushing back Opening Day eight weeks after originally hoping to begin the 2020 season two weeks late. It comes on the heels of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending that all events of 50 or more people be postponed until mid-June.
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