SALT LAKE CITY — Professional golfer Tony Finau is doing his part to help ease the pain from the coronavirus pandemic by teaming up with 'For the Kids' to feed 500 kids in the Rose Park Neighborhood.
"We want to rally some community support in an effort here to make a difference during a really trying time,” said Chelsea Fairbourn, the director of operations for the Tony Finau Foundation.
Volunteers are packing up canned goods, pasta, meats, breakfast foods and more to try to make sure no kid in the Rose Park neighborhood goes hungry while away from school.
“A lot of them don’t know where their next meal is going to come from," Fairbourn said. "And when you look at it, they may be getting breakfast and lunch from the school, but you don’t know how many people those meals are actually going to feed because of the financial situation right now in the economic situation."
For Finau, who grew up in Rose Park and went to Backman Elementary, partnering with 'For the Kids' was an obvious choice because the organization is dedicated to helping families in the area.
"Some of these kids, that may be the only food that’s coming into their household," Fairbourn said. "So for these kids, it’s a huge deal, it’s taking some of the stress away that they’re going to be fed and they’re going to have what they need for the next six weeks at least and we’ll evaluate as we go."
Over the next six weeks, students at Backman and Liberty elementary schools will be able to pick up food at the schools between 11:00 am and 12:30 pm.
"It’s security in a time where they don’t necessarily have it,” Fairbourn said.