STOCKTON, Calif. (KTXL) — On Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Stockton’s sports teams are working to help feed those in need.
“Our normal operations were kind of eased due to the pandemic,” explained Tim Pasisz, the director of sports and tourism development at Visit Stockton. “We wanted to do something to give back to the community; we did these food drives.”
Visit Stockton — along with local teams, the Stockton Kings, Heat, Ports and University of the Pacific Athletics — formed Stockton Sports Unite.
This is the fifth food drive they’ve hosted to help combat food insecurity made worse by the pandemic.
“The food bank itself, they’ve seen a 65% increase in demand from the time the pandemic hit. They’re seeing record numbers of people show up. That’s why every little bit helps,” Pasisz said.
Stockton Sports Unite made a push for non-perishable foods and donations to go to the Emergency Food Bank.
Though the Ports are just weeks away from welcoming fans back for opening day, Pasisz notes that the effects of the pandemic are far from over.
“We’re looking forward to getting back to normal and have sports happen again, but there still is that need; there still is the community,” he explained. “You drive around and you see people in need still, so we don’t want to forget them. We don’t want to move on and forget those that are still here.”
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