Cal made his Twitter debut on April 7th, delighting baseball fans around the world and for an important reason; with the COVID-19 global pandemic affecting millions of people in the United States and abroad, one of the areas most impacted by the crisis is and continues to be food insecurity.
The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation jumped in to help, shifting focus to the immediate need of underserved children and families to support Feeding America, their 200 local food banks, and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs across the country to address the issue, donating the first $100,000 dollars to launch the “Strike Out Hunger” campaign.
Other partners like the Kevin Harvick Foundation, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, Niagara Cares and Group 1001 also generously pledged funds, helping to provide over 1.1 million meals to families in need, so far.
Cal took to the Twitterverse to harness the power of social media to ask for help.
I’ve joined Twitter to help the @CalRipkenSrFdn and our partners launch #StrikeOutHunger2020 with @FeedingAmerica to lend a helping hand during this challenging time. To make a real difference, it takes a team. Join us by donating here: https://t.co/wKDyZEac4J #FirstTweet pic.twitter.com/CGGviyARUU
— Cal Ripken, Jr. (@CalRipkenJr) April 7, 2020
Recently, on an interview with Brian Kilmeade on “Fox and Friends”, Cal discussed the work behind the scenes to launch this meaningful campaign.
“Our foundation has built a wonderful infrastructure all across the country. We’re a national foundation – we serve a lot of those communities. We’ve built fields; we’ve put programming in there, so, we know the issue of food and security in normal times.
Our foundation just … said ‘OK, we’re not going to sit around and just wait until all of this is over, let’s shift our focus temporarily – let’s focus on the immediate problem and let’s put our infrastructure to work.”
You can help the cause by donating to the Strike Out Hunger campaign. Just $1 donated equals 10 meals distributed to those most in need. Please visit the Ripken Sr. Foundation’s fundraiser page to learn more.
Check out more of the national media coverage on the campaign: