SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The Golden State Warriors, who had a successful 2021 season, helped the team advance to the playoffs but also resulted in hundreds of families being fed.
The Feeding America Swishes For Dishes program provided food banks in the Bay Area with 100 meals for every point the Warriors earned in the 2021 regular season, although some special games provided 1,000 meals per point. By the end of the season on Sunday, the team had accumulated 8,187 points and donated 1,020,000 meals.
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The program, supported by donations from the Warriors, Kaiser Permanente, and the nonprofit Athlete’s Corner, came at a time when many families in the Bay Area were struggling.
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“One in eight Americans could be starving as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and food banks across the country now serve 55% more people than they did before the pandemic,” said The Athletes’ Corner co-founder and Golden State Warriors TV color analyst for NBC Sports Bay Area, Kelenna Azubuike. “We are proud to be doing our part to feed the Bay Area community through the Swishes for Dishes initiative.”
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The team also helped distribute meals during special events at the Alameda County Community Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank in Silicon Valley, and the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank.