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Fresno Grizzlies Join Minor League Baseball's CommUNITY First Campaign

April 28, 2020 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Fresno Grizzlies News Release

FRESNO, Calif. - Today, the Fresno Grizzlies announced they are joining MiLB CommUNITY First, a new national initiative developed by Minor League Baseball™ (MiLB™) in conjunction with Feeding America, to raise funds for local food banks and to honor individuals risking their lives on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grizzlies' fans are encouraged to visit MiLB.com/CommUNITYFirst now through May 31 to donate. Once on the site, fans can choose their donation amount and the Fresno Grizzlies as the recipient of their donation to direct funds to the Central Valley. For every $10 donated, the Grizzlies will donate one ticket to a future home game this season or in 2021 to a local hero of the pandemic.

"Today's situation has proved that our Central Valley community is stronger than ever. Everywhere I turn, I see neighbors helping neighbors," expressed Madeline Hamada, the Grizzlies Community Engagement Manager. "The CommUNITY First initiative allows our fans to double their impact - by raising funds for the Central California Food Bank and by honoring our local heroes. Although we aren't able to be together inside the stadium, we can band together to help our neighbors!"

School closures, rising unemployment and rising poverty due to quarantine and extended stay-at-home orders have disproportionately impacted people already at risk of hunger and could result in an estimated additional 17.1 million people experiencing food insecurity in the next six months, according to Feeding America. As the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization with a network of more than 200 affiliates, Feeding America has projected a $1.4 billion shortfall in the next six months alone.

In response, contributions from Grizzlies fans and Minor League Baseball will help ensure families and individuals across the country most impacted by the pandemic are fed and cared for during these uncertain times. Join the national campaign by donating and selecting Fresno Grizzlies at MiLB.com/CommUNITYFirst and use #MiLBCommUNITYFirst on social media to show your support.


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