The Miami Marlins Foundation announced the launch of the Home Plate Meals Relief Fund. An initial investment of $100,000 was made to address urgent food security issues across South Florida due to COVID-19.
Miami's Marlins partner, Florida Blue, also contributed $50,000 to the relief fund, bringing the total to $150,000.
The Miami Marlins Foundation is partnering with Feeding South Florida to launch a weekly drive-thru food distribution throughout the month of April. As part of the food distributions, about 200,000 meals will be provided to local families at a Miami-Dade County public school in Liberty City and Little Havana. Additional efforts wil be scheduled throught the following weeks.
“With this rapidly evolving situation, we are dedicated to serving our community during these unprecedented times,” said Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter. “We wanted to provide direct support to our local community by addressing food security and help deliver proper nutrition to South Florida households. We are thankful for a partner like Florida Blue for seeing the value in our Foundation’s program and joining our effort to contribute to the many families who experience this challenge on a regular basis and have been additionally impacted by COVID-19.
The Marlins have also announced they will be committing a $1 Million contribution to assist gameday staff with the disruption in their wages due to COVID-19.
Additionally, last week, the Miami Marlins and Miami Marlins Foundation launched Billy’s Activity Zone – Marlins.com/HomeFun– providing fun, engaging and educational at-home activities for the entire family.