In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Greenville Drive has partnered with FoodShare SC and Richmond, Virginia-based food relief nonprofit UGK Community First Project to launch the UGK Community First Project: Greenville on June 17.
From 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., those living in food deserts, which are urban areas where it is hard to buy affordable or good quality food, or any Greenville area resident experiencing food insecurity may pick up healthy soup at a drive-thru distribution point located on the Field Street side of Fluor Field.
“It’s a privilege for the Drive to partner with FoodShare South Carolina and the Underground Kitchen to host this UGK Community First Project event at Fluor Field,” said Greenville Drive owner and team president Craig Brown. “COVID-19 has impacted nearly every aspect of everyday life, none more so than healthy food access to those who need it most. We always try and position Fluor Field as the ‘front porch’ of the community, and there’s no better example of this positioning than utilizing the ballpark to provide comfort and security to families all across our community who have been impacted the most by COVID-19.”
The project launch date was chosen to commemorate the five-year anniversary of the day the families of the nine parishioners who lost their lives at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, forgave the shooter.
The organization is working to find sponsors and plans to come back to Greenville at later dates to offer healthy meals as a way to combat diabetes and high blood pressure in these same communities, said UGK Community First Project CEO Michael Sparks.
For more information, visit theundergroundkitchen.org.