The Sharks Foundation and SAP announced today that they are proudly providing a $34,000 Community Assist Grant to sponsor CityTeam's Santee Neighborhood Mobile Food Pantry which makes bi-weekly distributions at Esperanza Middle School. The Sharks Foundation, SAP and CityTeam partnership kicked off on Tuesday, October 6 when volunteers from the Sharks organization, including team mascot S.J. Sharkie, and SAP distributed food to 200 community members via CityTeam's drive-thru distribution model.
"Supporting our local communities means so much more in 2020. This year has been one crisis and I hope by getting basic needs met, like eating regular meals, our community will begin to recover and become a place where everyone has the opportunity to thrive," said Katie Morgan Booth, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, SAP North America.
Community Assist Grant funds will provide fuel and other necessities to sponsor the mobile pantry for an entire year at the Esperanza location, positively impacting the lives of an estimated 2,400 neighborhood residents by allowing for more than 9,500 lbs. of food, including dry goods, fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy products (made possible through a partnership with Second Harvest of Silicon Valley), to be distributed to 50-100 underserved families every visit.
"The Sharks are proud to partner with SAP to provide the necessary funding for this year's CityTeam Santee Neighborhood Mobile Food Pantry," said Heather Hooper, Director of Community Relations & the Sharks Foundation. "The goal of the Sharks Foundation has always been to make a positive impact in the lives of the underserved in our community. The need has never been greater than this year and we are honored to be able to be involved and contribute where it's needed most."
The sponsorship will also fund CityTeam's December holiday event, a special occasion scheduled for Tuesday, December 15 (subject to change). During this bi-weekly distribution, Santee neighbors will receive small gifts and grocery cards in addition to their usual food and pantry items.
"CityTeam is deeply grateful for this important and impactful partnership. Caring for our community together by providing fresh food and groceries, is crucial - not just at the holidays, but year-round to meet our neighbors' vital needs," said Hermie Smit, CityTeam in the Neighborhood Director.
To learn more about how the Sharks Foundation is helping underserved youth and families in need in the community, visit the Sharks Foundation's website at www.sharksfoundation.org.