Baseball season might be on hold, but the Cleveland Indians are still managing to play an active role in the community.
On Tuesday, the Indians and team partners Meijer and Dunkin' announced that they have combined to donate 160,000 meals to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to aid Northeast Ohio in its battle against the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Indians players including pitcher Shane Bieber, outfielder Jake Bauers, relief pitcher Nick Wittgren and closer Brad Hand all made donations through the Home Plate Project, which is an initiative between Major League Baseball, country music artist Garth Brooks’ Teammates for Kids Foundation, and Big League Impact. The Home Plate Project was founded by St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright and is led by Wainwright and Texas Rangers pitcher Kyle Gibson.
“During these unprecedented times, it’s great to know that we can continue to count on such great partners like the Cleveland Indians along with Meijer and Dunkin’,” Kristin Warzocha, President and CEO, Greater Cleveland Food Bank, said in a press release. “We have seen a dramatic increase in the need over the last few weeks and this donation will help us keep up with the demand and continue to get food out to the thousands of people affected by this crisis. Thank you. We are beyond grateful.”