The Major League Baseball Players Trust donated $200,000 grant from their collective charity, on behalf of all Major League Baseball Players, to aid Feeding America’s efforts to distribute food and supplies in areas remaining in extreme need in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
The grant is part of the Players Trust’s “Returning Home” initiative, in which Major Leaguers combine resources to support the places they call home, especially during times of need.
This $200,000 grant, which will benefit four food banks with service areas directly affected by the storms in Florida and Puerto Rico, is part of $1 million the Players Trust earmarked for natural disaster relief funding in the fall of 2017 following a string of natural disasters across America.
“I am extremely excited to be playing games where I call home,” said Twins pitcher Jose Berrios, who is originally from Bayamón. “The devastation of Hurricane Irma and Maria has been very difficult for all of us. To have an opportunity to play games and bring some smiles and happiness to the island is an honor for me. This contribution is an example that we are committed to continuing to help the island recover.”
“We’re excited to be able to partner with an organization that is continuing to assist areas of need and hard-to-reach municipalities to provide food and supplies,” said Indians catcher Roberto Perez, who is from Mayagüez. “The ability to also assist with creating job opportunities on the island to help us rebuild is something we are excited about being a part of. I feel blessed to be able to part of these games.”