Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Steph and Ayesha Curry have provided an outstanding 15 million free meals to Bay Area individuals through their foundation Eat.Learn.Play.
Eat.Learn.Play. has been collaborating with over 130 struggling restaurants and food-adjacent businesses, paying them to prepare free, nutritious, and delicious meals for families and the underemployed.
The foundation’s mission is, “committed to unlocking the amazing potential of every child by fighting to end childhood hunger, ensuring students have access to a quality education, and providing safe places for all children to play and be active.”
Steph Curry joined forces with celebrity chef José Andrés, who founded World Central Kitchen, a non-profit organization that is devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters. Through the partnership, the two foundations decided to help Oakland through a new, unique model and they were able to elevate the scale of impact by securing a grant.
Thanks to the charitable efforts of the superstar basketball couple, Chef Andrés, and the foundations involved, $20 million has been placed back into the local economy and jobs have returned to 900 Oakland service industry workers.
“It’s like we’re feeding the restaurants to make sure they can feed the community… Restaurant culture has changed. Popular Michelin star restaurants have now asked ‘What else can I do for the community?’ Now, it’s less about being rewarded and more about being closer to the community. People are opening up their eyes.”Anna Shova, WORLD CENTRAL KITCHEN’S RESTAURANTS OPERATIONS LEAD