Transcript for Historic sports venue aims to feed families
We are back now with pandemic team work in action, the garden of dreams foundation and its partners making sure 37,000 meals get to families facing food insecurity. That's as many seats are filled in normal times for sold-out Knicks and rangers games at new York's Madison square garden. Home team heroes is a meal distribution program that Madison square garden company decided to do right at the onset of the pandemic. We knew that a lot of our friends and neighbors were hurting, so we would give hot meals to medical professionals, to folks that worked in homeless services, individuals that were doing a lot for the community, and we wanted to give back. We also wanted to make sure that small businesses, specifically restaurants, were a part of it, and so we reached out to minority, women-owned small businesses and restaurants, and had them prepare the meals that we gave away. As a restaurant owner in this pandemic, it has been extremely difficult. A couple of weeks ago my account manager reached out to me and told me about the program. We were excited to be part of this because we believe in giving back to our community. For the program, we prepared individually in a microwavable Kwon container. Each meal has the protein, the starch and the vegetables. Chicken of course, oxtail, and then give them to the guardians who then distribute the meals. The first thing that we talked about doing is making sure that those who are food insecure, have food items during this very difficult time period. So the types of meals that we are preparing fall into three categories. First, our hot meals. Second, our grocery gift cards. And finally, we're restocking food pantries. The Knicks, rangers and chase are purchasing thousands of food items from U.S. Food to be distributed throughout New York City with the help of garden of dreams foundation. Thank you chase and msg. My role is to help assist with whatever we do in the community to be able to hand out food, especially during this time. It has been a blessing. We at the garden feel that the community has given us so much over the years, and it's important for us to give back. I think everybody can lend a helping hand. It's going to help us get through these tough times. The message that I hope people take from this is it's incumbent on all of us to give back, and if there's anything that you can do to help your friend or neighbor that's in distress as a result of covid or in distress in general, it's your job to help. That's been the theme of this pandemic, we're all in this together and we all have to do our part. And even the garden playing a
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