HARRISON, NJ – Sky Blue FC players, staff and several members of the Cloud 9 club support group will be on-site at the Greater Newark Conservancy in Newark on Thursday to volunteer for COVID-19 emergency food distribution efforts.
The volunteer outing is the first action organized by the newly formed Sky Blue FC Player Community Outreach Committee. The committee consists of nine Sky Blue players who focus on making change and giving back to the community.
“We are so lucky to have an incredible following and community to play in front of at the Red Bull Arena,” said defender Sabrina Flores in a statement. “As a team, we believe there is no better way to show our gratitude than to give back and support the underserved community around us. We’re excited to be working with CareSparc, Table to Table, the Greater Newark Conservancy, and partners to support their COVID-19 emergency food distribution and grocery packaging efforts and serving more than 1,500 seniors and 600 families in Newark, NJ to deliver area. As professional athletes, we are so much more than what we do on the field. Serving the community around us is a huge part of who we are and what we want to be part of. “
Every Thursday, in compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols, local volunteers gather at the conservatory to bag the food for delivery. The bags filled with fresh vegetables, herbs, fruit, milk, meat, desserts, juice and other items are delivered to senior citizens and families on site.
“We started the COVID-19 emergency food distribution effort when the pandemic hit, moving from a previous partnership with Table to Table who deliver the groceries,” said CareSparc Managing Partner Keith DaCosta. “I would like to thank Sky Blue FC for donating their time and support to our emergency food efforts and raising awareness of food insecurity, especially among our senior community. Sky Blue FC is the first professional sports team to volunteer for seniors and families who participate in our program. “