Deutsche Bank Championship hosts sixth annual 'Healthy Packs' event
August 28, 2014
By Doug Milne, PGA TOUR Staff
NORTON, Mass.- For some kids, the long, Labor Day weekend can’t get here soon enough. For a lot of other kids, though, it’s one they wish wouldn’t get here at all. Sure, it’s a day away from school. But that can also mean a day away from food.
The statistic is almost hard to believe. In the United States, more than 62 percent of elementary school students are in the free and reduced meal program. For many of these children, lunch at school on Friday is their last meal until breakfast at school on Monday.
For the sixth straight year, the Deutsche Bank Championship hosted a 'Healthy Packs' food drive, where nearly 2,000 reusable bags were filled with healthy snack options for children in need.
Through a partnership with State Street and Stop & Shop, nearly 9,000 grocery items were donated to the cause, which volunteers, the PGA TOUR Wives Association and TOUR players then packed into nearly 2,000 bags via a timed competition. The bags were then delivered to the Greater Boston Food Bank and other area children’s charities for distribution.
“The Healthy Packs initiative at the Deutsche Bank Championship is very important to our event,” said Mike Antolini, Deutsche Bank Championship Tournament Director. “We’re really proud to be a part of the PGA TOUR, because charity is at its very foundation. Among the many highlights of the week are these community events which benefit charity. This is a perfect example of that.”
In addition to 16 members of the PGA TOUR Wives Association, PGA TOUR players K.J. Choi, David Hearn and Scott Brown were also on hand to lend a hand.
"The PGA TOUR is so good about giving back,” Brown said. “So, anytime we can be a part of something, especially when kids are involved, we try to do all we can to help.”
“We had fun today with the competition of getting these bags filled the fastest, but it’s really all about getting them to the kids that really need it,” Hearn said. “The TOUR does such a good thing with its charitable arm and the PGA TOUR Wives Association is amazing at finding things to get attached to, so it’s so nice to see so many groups come together to do this.”
“It really hits home in a dramatic way that no matter what city we go to, there are so many kids that don’t get food to eat on the weekend,” said Sarah McGirt, wife of TOUR player William. “The idea with this is that we send the kids home with a bag of food Friday that will get them and their siblings food to last through the weekend. It’s really nice to be here working with the local organizations who know who these kids care and know exactly where the food is going.”
When all bags were filled, loaded onto a truck and taken for distribution, the hope and plan is that despite the number of days off surrounding a weekend, a long weekend never really has to be a long weekend for any child, anywhere.
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