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Rays, Rowdies donate 1 million meals to Feeding Tampa Bay, commit to matching 1.5 million more

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Posted at 10:00 AM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 10:00:44-04

The Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Rowdies are donating up to 2.5 million meals to Feeding Tampa Bay to help those in need during the coronavirus crisis.

The donation made from the Rays Baseball Foundation and Rowdies Soccer Fund kicks off the teams' virtual food drive campaign for Feeding Tampa Bay. They will begin the campaign with a donation of 1 million meals and have pledged to match all donations to the virtual food drive webpage, up to an additional 1.5 million meals.

“Feeding Tampa Bay works every day to make sure that children and families don’t go without food,” said Rays president Brian Auld. “Now that the need is greater than ever, and that work is harder to do, we are honored to support their mission and encourage others to do the same. While we have to stay isolated from each other to help our community overcome this pandemic, we must also remain committed to our neighbors, especially those in need.”

Fans are encouraged to join the campaign by clicking here. Supporters can purchase essential food items from a shopping list or make a monetary donation.

“Normally, our community would be in the stands, tuning in and cheering on our Tampa Bay Rays,” said Feeding Tampa Bay President & CEO Thomas Mantz. “Today, our beloved home team is turning the tables and cheering on our community to get through what is an uncertain and unprecedented time. We are in the midst of a crisis where more people need our help. Families are facing difficult circumstances due to missed paychecks and, even worse, layoffs; children are out of school and missing crucial meals; and seniors are being forced into weeks of isolation for their survival. The Tampa Bay Rays are standing up with Feeding Tampa Bay, giving us the momentum to provide to-go meals and groceries for our neighbors in our 10-county region. Together, we will get through this and get back to cheering on the team we love.”