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MLB Players Raise Cash to Provide Four-Million Kids’ Meals

More than 50 Major League Baseball players representing all 30 teams have raised about $1 million in recent days…but it’s not going toward salaries or uniforms.

Instead, the funds will provide over four-million meals to support childhood hunger prevention during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Home Plate Project is a partnership between Major League Baseball, country music superstar Garth Brooks’ Teammates for Kids Foundation, and Big League Impact, a program being led by St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright and Texas Rangers pitcher Kyle Gibson.

The initiative was originally scheduled to launch its second year this fall. However, Brooks, Wainwright and Gibson saw an immediate need to provide meals for children who rely on free or reduced-price meals at schools that have been closed because of the pandemic.

On very short notice, the charity groups were able to raise $937,100.

Wainwright founded Big League Impact in 2013. He says the players felt the need to help right away to feed children in their cities.