Jarrett Jack, Carl Landry And Lucky Supermarkets Feed The Community On Friday, March 22
Fans Attend Community Food Drive, Help Raise Nearly $9,000 Worth Of Food For Alameda County Residents
Golden State Warriors veterans Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry enjoyed some 1-on-1 with fans at the Lucky Supermarket in Alameda on Friday, March 22.
After contributing a $5 canned food bag into the donation bins for the Alameda County Community Food Bank, fans could enter a Warriors-themed Fan Fest filled with music, food, games and entertainment. The biggest hit of the Fan Fest was the Warriors super subs, who thanked the generous fans and signed autographs.
"It's great that fans donated $5 of food and canned goods to come and hang out with Jarrett Jack and myself, grab some food, hang out and have a good time," said Carl Landry.
Every $5 bag of food or monetary donation to the Alameda County Community Food Bank on Friday was matched by Lucky Supermarkets in an effort to ensure no Alameda resident goes hungry in 2013. During the event, fans donated 1,840 pounds of food which will provide 1,533 meals to Alameda residents in need.
"Every dollar that was raised here today will generate $4 worth of food for Alameda County residents that would go hungry otherwise," said Alameda County Community Food Bank Executive Director Suzan Bateson. "The Warriors do a great job of drawing attention to causes such as ours. Hosting events like these raises the profile of our nonprofit and reminds people that our food bank is serving so many of our community members every day."
Upon entering the tent, fans were greeted by Warriors Hype Man Franco Finn and the Warrior Girls, inviting attendees to jump in the Warriors bounce house, enter an Oreo stacking competition, play a game of NBA 2K13, spin the Lucky prize wheel, or eat a Johnsonville brat and hang out with the 99.7 NOW crew, who donated their time to be the DJ for the event. Many Warriors-attired fans immediately flocked to the back of the tent to shake hands and receive an autograph from one of their favorite Warriors players.
"It's great to be partnered with [Alameda County Community Food Bank] to make this happen, because the people here today are not just fans but they are serving their community and it is great for Carl and me to do our part as well," said Warriors guard Jarrett Jack.
At the end of the event Jack, who has an NBA record three 25 point/10 assist games this season, joined Lucky Supermarkets in presenting Alameda County Community Food Bank with a $2,000 check from the bag donation sales plus an additional $155 after the bags ran out, along with another $52 from generous Warriors fans who donated at the bucket at the Food Bank table during the event. These funds will be used to provide nearly $9,000 worth of food for 1 in 6 Alameda County residents, two thirds of whom are children and seniors.
"When you see so many people lined up to donate bags of food it shows that the county cares just as much as Lucky and the Warriors do about their community," said Lucky Senior Manager of Partnerships and Promotions Cindy Foy.
This fun-filled event is the second time this season the Warriors and Alameda County Community Food Bank partnered to provide resources and awareness in the battle against hunger in our local community. Last October, Carl Landry and Richard Jefferson volunteered their time to the Alameda County Community Food Bank, preparing sacks of tomatoes for needy families and signing autographs for kind community members that donated to the food bank.
"It means a lot to me to work with the food bank again to make Alameda County a better place, and if no one in Alameda County goes hungry this year that will be a great thing," said Landry.