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Jayson Tatum, Brad Beal team up to help provide meals for those in need in the St. Louis area

They may be competitors on the court, but off the court the two are good friends and always thinking about their hometown

ST. LOUIS — Two St. Louis natives are teaming up to help provide meals to the St. Louis area amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

They may be competitors on the court, but off the court the two are good friends and always thinking about their hometown. Both are graduates of Chaminade.

Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics and Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards are partnering with a St. Louis nonprofit.

St. Louis Area Foodbank announced that all donations made to its COVID-19 relief efforts are being matched by Jayson Tatum through the Jayson Tatum Foundation, Brad Beal and Linage Logistics.

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The St. Louis Area Foodbank said in the first day of online giving, more than $20,000 was donated to the St. Louis Area Foodbank’s COVID-19 Relief and Response Efforts. With the dollar-for-dollar match, that’s $40,000 to help feed local families. The St. Louis Area Foodbank can provide four meals with just one dollar, so that’s 160,000 meals for local kids, adults and seniors in one day.

Tatum posted on his Instagram that through the Jayson Tatum Foundation and in partnership with Feeding America and Linage Logistics’ ‘Share a Meal’ campaign, he’s pledging to match $250,000 in the Boston area and with his good friend and fellow basketball player, Bradley Beal, $250,000 in the St. Louis area. The money will help provide meals through Feeding America and St. Louis Food Bank and The Greater Boston Food Bank.

“COVID-19 has affected all of us,” said Meredith Knopp, President & CEO of the St. Louis Area Foodbank. “Our mission is to build stronger communities by empowering people with food and hope, but we know that our team cannot do this work alone. We’re proud to partner with individuals like Jayson Tatum, via the Jayson Tatum Foundation, and Brad Beal who have given of themselves to help people in their hometown get the food and supplies they desperately need right now. We’re also grateful to companies like Lineage Logistics that are dedicated to fighting hunger not only in St. Louis, but across the country. It’s going to take all of us working together to help our neighbors in need. This generous matching gift will help in our COVID-19 relief efforts today and aid in recovery efforts for months to come.”

“This campaign will help some of the hardest hit communities in Boston and in Brad and my hometown of St. Louis, receive meals.  If you are able to help, I am asking my family, friends, fans and partners to follow the link in my bio to help make a difference in our communities during a very difficult time. I would especially like to thank all the front line workers and volunteers who are working around the clock to keep all of us safe and healthy. Together…. we will make a difference,” Tatum wrote on Instagram.

“We’re proud to be partnering with Jayson to provide food for the Boston and St. Louis communities,” said Greg Lehmkuhl, President & CEO of Lineage Logistics. “Our company’s mission is to help feed the world and we are humbled by the opportunity to use our craft in support of people in need during these difficult times.”

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