Food insecurity has increased dramatically for millions of Americans as a result of job losses, business closures, and overdue rent payments caused by the effects of the pandemic.
One in four children in the Bay Area is currently affected by hunger and food insecurity, including at least 18,000 children who depend on school meals for their daily nutrition. These numbers are even more astonishing in Oakland, where nearly 30% of children face food insecurity. Meanwhile, the hospitality industry, which is the second largest employer in the country with 15.6 million jobs, has been decimated, presenting an unprecedented challenge for our community.
To fill that void, Ripple is proud to give Eat a $ 1 million gift. Learn. Play. – a non-profit organization founded by Stephen and Ayesha Curry to help tackle childhood hunger. So far, the partnership has allowed Eat. Learn. Play. to achieve its goal of reaching more than 130 local restaurants and serving more than 15 million meals, 2.5 million of which were prepared and distributed by the restaurants.
Ripple’s contribution has also helped save food service jobs and keep restaurants open in Oakland through World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit that provides fresh meals to people in immediate need and small businesses and local restaurants amid the humanitarian Crisis supported.
“Working with Ripple, our program has engaged more than 100 restaurants in Oakland to save the jobs of 850 restaurant workers and prepare more than 2.5 million nutritious meals for families with unsafe foods,” said Chris Helfrich, President and CEO of Eat . Learn. Play. “Our collaboration is far from over and we are committed to helping individuals and families across the Bay Area in every possible way.”
Last Eat. Learn. Play. held its annual Christmas with the Currys, where Stephen and Ayesha Curry, along with volunteers from Ripple and other community partners, surprised approximately 1,000 low-income families in Alameda County with a holiday distribution of groceries, gifts, and essential resources. In collaboration with World Central Kitchen, Ripple delivered local, family vacation meals and boxes of fresh farm produce, a central feature of the drive-thru distribution.
As a business-oriented company with employees and customers around the world, Ripple is committed to helping communities affected by the pandemic. Our continued partnerships with local food vendors and food banks have enabled us to serve meals for families with unsafe food in the counties of San Francisco, Marin, Alameda, Santa Clara, and San Mateo.
For more information on Ripple Impact, please visit www.ripple / com / Impact.