Braves launch two food programs to help during coronavirus

The Braves have launched two food programs to meet demand for meals for those in need and in support of healthcare and essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic, the team announced Tuesday.

The Braves Home Plate project, in a partnership with Braves concessionaire Delaware North, will prepare food intended for April games in the Truist Park kitchens, for community meals. The Braves will donate more than 25,000 meals over the next four to six weeks (approximately 4,000 – 6,000 meals per week). With the help of food recovery logistics specialists, Second Helpings, Meals on Wheels and GoodR and more than 20 partner agencies like the YMCA, organizations will receive prepared meals for distribution to individuals and families across metro Atlanta. In addition, the Braves will deploy their Los Bravos food truck to join hunger relief efforts underway in communities. The truck is scheduled to visit Chattanooga, Nashville, Gwinnett, Rome and Albany after its initial stop at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta on May 1.

The Meals for the Brave project, partners Molson/Coors and Terrapin Taproom, will support local restaurants with food orders which GoodR delivers to front-line medical workers. Each Thursday, through May 7, participating restaurants will supply food to Northside and WellStar Hospitals for both early and evening shift workers. An expected 2,500 meals, from 17 area local restaurants will be served to medical and support staffs. Additionally, Braves corporate partner, Louisiana Hot Sauce has donated $10,000 to GoodR to support their efforts in delivering food to those in need. Local restaurants who are assisting with meals include: Mad Italian, Johnny’s Pizza, Grindhouse Burgers, and Hampton and Hudson, The Grove, Wild Wing – Dunwoody, Six Feet Under, George’s Deli, Three Dollar Café, Righteous Room, Jack’s Pizza, Black Bear Tavern, North River Tavern, Taco Mac, Fox Bros. BBQ and Trackside Tavern.

“The Atlanta Braves are proud to help bring needed meals to our community during this crisis,” Derek Schiller, Braves president and CEO, said in a statement. “Great chefs from our ballpark, the availability of our unused food and food truck combined with many of our partners willingness to help lets us assist those in need of meals while also thanking all those on the front lines for their tireless efforts during this time.”