BRONZEVILLE — A hometown hero and a local grocer are coming together to feed 1,000 Chicago families in need this weekend.
Former MLB outfielder Curtis Granderson and Mariano’s Bronzeville, 3857 S. King. Drive, will host a pop-up food pantry 9-11 a.m. Sunday in the supermarket’s parking lot.
Families can drive up to the pop-up site to receive a free food and grocery pack.
Granderson, a Chicago-area native and former Miami Marlin, is hosting the event through his Grand Kids Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to “aiding positive youth development” through education, physical fitness and nutrition.
And now through Nov. 30, Mariano’s customers can participate in the Check Out to Help Out campaign by making a donation at any store to support local food bank partners The Greater Chicago Food Depository and Northern Illinois Food Bank.
The Greater Chicago Food Depository has seen a huge increase in demand due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Children should never have to worry about where or when they will have their next meal. Kids who go hungry can fall behind in virtually every way: physically, behaviorally and academically. In this unprecedentedly difficult year, many people in need are relying on local food banks for the first time in their lives,” Granderson said.
Face masks are required, and social distancing guidelines will be observed.
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