Despite having their Tuesday and Thursday games postponed after the NHL and NHLPA agreed to begin the holiday break early because of COVID-related issues, the Penguins and their food and beverage partner Aramark made lemonade out of lemons - almost literally.
Aramark donated the food items that would have been used for the Dec. 21 and 23 contests against the Devils and Flyers at PPG Paints Arena - including fresh fruit, vegetables, produce, meats and cheeses - to 412 Food Rescue.
412 Food Rescue, which has partnered with the Penguins and Aramark for two years now, works with food retailers, volunteer drivers, and nonprofit organizations to connect surplus food with individuals and families who are experiencing food insecurity.
"We generally donate to them at least once a week, and it's mostly food that goes unused after games," said Nick Fenton, general manager at Aramark. "Obviously, this was a little different. Even though we had been given some notice that the games are getting postponed, we do still have a lot of food that we will not be able to save or use for an upcoming event. So this is definitely a larger food donation than it normally is to 412 Food Rescue."
412 Food Rescue then delivers the food to needy organizations around Pittsburgh. This particular allotment was taken right to Shepherd's Heart Fellowship & Veteran's Home, which is about a 10-minute walk from PPG Paints Arena.
"It's all stuff that I think will honestly make someone's holiday a little bit better," Fenton said.
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