Published: TribLive, April 14, 2020
Need toilet paper, or, perhaps, lunch?
Pirates Charities will help those in need Wednesday while celebrating the 73rd anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the MLB color barrier.
MLB typically marks the occasion of the Dodgers infielder’s memorable achievement by having every player wear Robinson’s No. 42. The games are canceled this year, but Robinson’s legacy won’t be forgotten.
Pirates Charities announced multiple charitable efforts, starting with the team delivering meals and supporting local community groups in the fight against covid-19 and its residual effects.
Pirates Charities has partnered with Silver Star Meats to distribute more than 100 boxed lunches to the Neighborhood Resilience Project in the city’s Hill District (2038 Bedford Avenue).
Also, Pirates Charities will join Koppers in making a $5,000 contribution to All One Pittsburgh. Koppers partnered with the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh to launch the All One Pittsburgh fund to distribute essential, but difficult-to-find household items — such as disinfectants, hand sanitizers, paper towels and toilet paper — to help stop the spread of covid-19 in underserved neighborhoods.
In addition, Pirates Charities announced the presentation of the 2020 Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner award to Lisa Scales, president and CEO of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
Scales is leading a determined effort by the Food Bank and its staff of volunteers to combat hunger in the region’s poorest communities.