ATLANTA, GA — Atlanta Hawks star John Collins has stepped up to help people who need food during the coronavirus pandemic. He has partnered with the Atlanta Hawks Foundation, State Farm and Goodr, an Atlanta-based startup utilizing technology to reduce food wast and end hunger.
“The city of Atlanta is my home, which is why it’s so important for me to help the local community and give back during these difficult times," said the 22-year-old in a news release.
Food and supplies will be provided through three pop-up grocery stores and delivery in undeserved communities throughout the metro Atlanta, reports WGCL.
Each pop-up grocery store is expected to serve more than 300 families with two weeks of groceries.
One of the pop-up grocery stores will serve Atlanta Hawks & State Farm Arena's part-time team members. The Hawks & State Farm Arena employ more than 1,100 part-time team members, with many having multiple jobs affected by the pandemic.
“The past few weeks of working with the Atlanta Hawks and Goodr to support our neighbors in and around Atlanta during this crisis have been both humbling and inspiring,” said Dan Krause, Senior Vice President at State Farm.
The other two pop-up grocery stores will be at Lucky Shoals Park in Gwinnett County and Gresham Park in Dekalb County, both home to basketball courts previously renovated through the Hawks Foundation.
“The pop-up grocery stores that we’ve done in partnership with the Atlanta Hawks and State Farm have meant so much to the Atlanta community. Each week registration filled up in a matter of minutes because food is a resource that people can’t live without,” said Jasmine Crowe, Founder & CEO of Goodr Inc.