Second baseman Anthony Rendon,23,helped pack and sort donations at the food bank,which will help the food bank serve 27.5 million meals to 478,000 people each year.
Rendon was drafted by the Nationals in 2011. He made his MLB debut in April,and he’s pleasing baseball fans with is hitting streak. He said feeding hungry children is important to him,and he feels a duty to give back to the community.
“It means everything to me,just to know that we’ve had a fortunate life and we’ve been blessed with this lifestyle,and that we can somehow give back to the less fortunate,” Rendon said. “It’s awesome that we can help in any way we can.”
The Capital Area Food Bank strives to end hunger in Washington,especially around this time of year. Nancy Roman,the food bank president,said the summer is an important time to raise donations for children.
“In the summertime,when school ends,a lot of the traditional access to food for some people who don’t have very much is gone,” Roman said. “One of the things we’re really focusing on is raising food and funds for hungry children this summer.”
The food drive is an annual event that the Nationals help with every year. Last year the drive brought in 7,000 pounds of food,which Roman said is enough to feed 10,000 kids. In addition to fighting hunger,Roman said she hopes the drive will educate the community.
“Its really the awareness,engaging people,” Roman said. “Hunger is so fundamental to health,its so fundamental to education,and we need everybody – sports fans,Nats fans,different demographics to really step up and be part of this.”
The Nationals have partnered with the Harris Teeter grocery store chain to help the food bank in this drive. The team will collect donations at its series against the San Diego Padres on Saturday and Sunday.
Fans who bring three or more non-perishable food items to the ballpark will receive two tickets to a future Nationals game. This offer is good through the fourth inning of the game.
Harris Teeter added a new incentive this year to encourage donations. The first 1,000 fans who donate three or more Harris Teeter private-label canned goods will receive $5 in NatBucks to use at concession stands during game.
The grocery store will also be hosting in-store collections now through July 8.
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