RJ Barrett didn’t forget where he came from.
The 19-year-old basketball star with the New York Knicks is showing maturity well beyond his years, donating $100,00 to the Mississauga Food Bank.
“One thing my family has taught me is the importance of being supportive when you can, in any way you can,” said Barrett, who played high school basketball at St. Marcellinus Secondary School in Mississauga. “During these difficult times, we all need to do our part and knowing I have the ability to help ensure people have what they need is important to me. I’m happy I can make a difference in the neighbourhood I grew up in. I want to continue to help raise awareness of the continued need, in partnership with The Mississauga Food Bank.”
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The Mississauga Food Bank says Barrett’s contribution will help provide 200,000 meals for the less fortunate.
“We are fortunate and appreciative of RJ’s support in the local community he grew up in and humbled to be one of the charities he’s chosen to contribute to during this difficult time,” said Meghan Nicholls, Executive Director of the Mississauga Food Bank. “When we told RJ how many meals his donation would provide, I could hear his smile coming right through the phone.”
“With Barrett’s significant contribution, we are one step closer to its goal of raising $840,000 to support the urgent needs of the community,” the Mississauga Food Bank said in a media release. “Now, more than ever, food security is a dire reality for our most vulnerable community members, and every dollar donated will turn into food for two meals for our hungry neighbours.”