The Pittsburgh Penguins charitable acts continued on Friday. Despite the grips of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Penguins players Marcus Pettersson, Bryan Rust, and Zach Aston-Reese had 500 pizzas delivered to community distribution centers in the Hill District and on the Northside. The centers cater to children and families who rely on school or food banks for meals.
The following is from the Pittsburgh Penguins press release:
The players purchased pizzas from the team’s corporate partner, Fox’s Pizza Den, which facilitated the distribution.
Personal pizzas were delivered earlier today to the Neighborhood Resilience Project and the Jeron X. Grayson Community Center, both located in the Hill District, and The EAT Initiative Third Meal on the Northside. The goal was to help feed children and their families who normally rely on schools and community pantries for some of their meals.
“We are proud that Bryan, Marcus, and Zach stepped forward in this way to assist members of our community,” said David Morehouse, president and CEO of the Penguins. “During these challenging times, it’s important for all of us to come together in support of those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.”
“On behalf of the Hill District and the Center that Cares’ staff and families, words can’t adequately express our appreciation for the Penguins family’s continuous support of the Hill,” said Rev. Glenn G. Grayson Sr., CEO of the Jeron X. Grayson Community Center. “As our families enjoy these pizza meals, I believe it will resonate that we are stronger together.”
“This is a fantastic opportunity for people to know that our neighbor and hometown team is with us at this stressful and dangerous time,” said Fr. Paul Abernathy, CEO of the Neighborhood Resilience Project.
“Despite the devastating effects the coronavirus (COVID-19) has had on our communities, we are proud to see our neighbors and the Penguins come together and serve families in need,” said Chef Claudy Pierre, founder of The EAT Initiative.