March 24, 2020
Kyrie Irving has partnered with Lineage Logistics, the world’s largest and most innovative provider of temperature-controlled logistics, and Feeding America®, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization,to raise awareness for its Share A Meal campaign, which aims to help provide 100 million meals* in response to COVID-19. The campaign goal is to help ensure no family or child goes hungry during this global pandemic.
Kyrie is personally contributing $323,000, and is asking his family, friends, fans and partners to join him in donating in support of Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund. Lineage Logistics will match all donations up to $200,000 to City Harvest, New York City’s private response to hunger and largest food rescue organization, and in addition, Kyrie and Lineage are donating over 250,000 meals** to City Harvest to immediately help those affected by COVID-19.
“Seeing the effects of COVID-19 reach our families, our schools, our jobs, and access to food has really impacted me,” said Kyrie. “I am excited to partner with Feeding America and Lineage Logistics to launch the Share A Meal campaign to help marginalized communities get the food resources they require during this time, and to work with City Harvest to distribute meals to my neighbors in need across the New York area. Thank you to everyone on the front line working to keep all of us safe, healthy, and fed. Together we can change the world one small gesture at a time."
“The COVID-19 virus presents extraordinary challenges for moving, storing, and distributing food on a large scale,” said Greg Lehmkuhl, Lineage’s President & CEO. “At Lineage, we’ve built a business dedicated to shepherding food all over the world, and that experience puts us in a unique position to help overcome these challenges. We want to do our part by sharing what we have to offer – including temperature-controlled warehouse space, supply chain logistics expertise and financial resources.”
City Harvest is dedicated to feeding New Yorkers who are struggling to put meals on their tables, and in response to the COVID-19 crisis and its devastating economic impact, the organization is stepping up to rescue and deliver more food to meet the increasing need. Deemed an essential service by Governor Cuomo and New York State, its fleet of 22 trucks will continue to be on the road, working hard to make sure all children, families, and New Yorkers in need have enough nutritious food in the coming weeks, months, and beyond.
Lineage is working with a variety of strategic partners, including Kyrie and Stephen and Ayesha Curry’s foundation, Eat. Learn. Play., to achieve its campaign goal of 100 million meals. Recognizing that COVID-19 is a worldwide crisis, Lineage is working with the Global FoodBanking Network, to provide funds, donate food, and volunteer the company’s storage resources and distribution expertise on a global scale. The Company will also leverage its expansive network of customers, which includes some of the world’s largest food producers and manufacturers, to join Lineage in its commitment to reach Share A Meal’s ambitious goal.
To join the Share A Meal effort and support Feeding America and City Harvest, please visit http://feedingamerica.org/kyrie-covid.
*100 million meal equivalent will include financial and in-kind donations facilitated by Lineage and its partners to Feeding America and other hunger-relief organizations.
**The 250,000 meal donation is equivalent to 25,000 pounds of food being donated to City Harvest as well as a $25,000 monetary donation, according to the following calculation: $1 = 10 meals.
About Lineage Logistics
Lineage is the world’s largest and most innovative provider of temperature-controlled logistics solutions. Lineage’s expertise in end-to-end logistical solutions, its unrivaled facility network, and its use of technology combine to promote food safety, increase distribution efficiency, advance sustainability, lessen environmental impact, and minimize supply chain waste. As a result, Lineage helps customers ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small family-owned businesses increase the efficiency and protect the integrity of their temperature-controlled supply chain. In recognition of the company’s leading innovations, Lineage was recognized as the No 1. Data Science company on Fast Company’s Annual list of The World’s Most Innovative Companies in 2019, in addition to ranking 23rd overall in an evaluation of thousands of companies worldwide. For more information, visit: www.lineagelogistics.com.
About City Harvest
City Harvest is New York City’s largest food rescue organization, helping to feed the nearly 1.2 million New Yorkers who are struggling to put meals on their tables. We will rescue 66 million pounds of food this year and deliver it, free of charge, to hundreds of soup kitchens, food pantries, and other community partners across the five boroughs. Our programs empower individuals through nutrition education, increase our partners’ capacity, and strengthen the local food system, helping New Yorkers who are experiencing food insecurity to access, afford, and consume nutritious food. To learn more about our work, visit www.cityharvest.org
About Feeding America®
Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 40 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.