Former MLB player hits homerun with hunger initiative
Curtis Granderson, a former MLB outfielder, is considered one of the most philanthropic athletes in professional sports. The three-time MLB All-Star and Roberto Clemente Award-winner is also the founder of the Grand Kids Foundation, which aids in positive youth development through education, physical fitness, and nutrition initiatives.
In 2020, Curtis retired after 16 years in MLB and currently serves as the President of The Players Alliance, a non-profit comprised of 150 Black MLB players united to create increased opportunities for the Black community in the game of professional baseball.
With a legacy of more than a decade of positive impact, Grand Kids was founded by Curtis Granderson in 2007 to provide educational and athletic opportunities to children in need across the country. With coast to coast events including Grand Giving, The New Balance Fitness Challenge, Citi Community Home Runs, Little League Sponsorships and youth baseball programs, thousands of children benefit each year from programming hosted by Curtis and the Foundation.
Food insecurity impacts 48.8 million Americans during an average year, and nearly 54 million as a result of the pandemic—including millions of children who don’t always know when their next healthy meal is coming. Millions of underserved children in the United States start their mornings without breakfast, end their days without dinner, and struggle through summer breaks without a single healthy meal.
Grand Giving originated in Granderson’s hometown of Chicago with partner grocery store Mariano’s. Granderson founded the initiative after a series of camp programs inspired him to extend his community investment beyond education and athletics to nutrition and food insecurity. Grand Giving supports food insecurity initiatives that provide free meals to children who need them most.
Each year, the Grand Kids Foundation and partners turn dollars raised into meals served as part of the month-long campaign. Every penny raised directly benefits Food Bank partners. By 2020, the program has raised more than 30.7 million meals for children and families in need. It has also expanded nationally to include a Day of Service tour, with in-person and digital engagement campaigns.
Your donation matters. Join the fight against hunger by donating at grandgiving.org/donate.