MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Mississauga Food Bank says a $ 100,000 donation made earlier this week by New York Knicks rookie RJ Barrett will provide 200,000 meals as part of the community’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Barrett, a native of Mississauga, donated on Tuesday as part of a US $ 250,000 fundraiser for COVID-19 relief efforts in New York and Canada.
The food bank is seeking to raise $ 840,000 to support the community in the face of the fallout from the new coronavirus. He says he can provide two meals for every dollar donated.
“One thing my family taught me is the importance of being together when you can, in any way possible. In these difficult times, we all need to do our part and know that I have the ability to help people get what they need is important to me, “said Barrett in a statement. “I am happy to be able to make a difference in the neighborhood where I grew up.”
Barrett was selected third in Duke’s overall standings in the 2019 NBA Draft and was in the midst of an impressive rookie campaign when the season was halted due to the coronavirus.
He averages 14.3 points, five rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on April 23, 2020.