Civic Engagement

Brooklyn Nets' Kyrie Irving donates $323K, partners to help provide 250K meals during coronavirus pandemic

Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving announced on Instagram today that he is working with charities to help feed those in need during the coronavirus pandemic, aiming "to help marginalized communities get the food resources they require during this time."

Irving shared on Instagram that he is working with Feeding America, a non-profit organisation, donating $323,000, with Lineage Logistics matching up to $200,000 in donations.

Ths 28-year-old is also partnering with City Harvest, creating the Share A Meal campaign to help provide 250,000 meals for New York City communities most affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Thank you all for the birthday love, I'm extremely grateful for the support. Seeing the effects of COVID-19 reach our loved ones, our schools, our jobs, and access to food has really impacted me. I am excited to partner with @feedingamerica and @lineagelogistics to launch the Share A Meal campaign to help marginalized communities get the food resources they require during this time, and to work with our local partner @cityharvestnyc to distribute 250k meals to my neighbors in need across the NY area. In addition to that I am donating $323k to Feeding America and @lineagelogistics will match $200k of what we raise together. I am asking my fans, friends, family and partners to join me in helping our communities by donating at the link in my bio. Thank you to everyone on the front line working to keep all of us safe, healthy, and fed. Together we can change the world one small gesture at a time.

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The number 323 is reportedly in honour of both Irving's birthday, March 23, as well as Kobe Bryant's No. 8 jersey (3+2+3).

"Seeing the effects of COVID-19 reach our loved ones, our schools, our jobs, and access to food has really impacted me," Irving said in the Instagram post.

"I am asking my fans, friends, family and partners to join me in helping our communities by donating at the link in my bio. Thank you to everyone on the front line working to keep all of us safe, healthy, and fed. Together we can change the world one small gesture at a time."

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