An Atlanta Hawks star is helping to feed those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.
Forward John Collins is teaming up with the Hawks Foundation, State Farm and Goodr to open up three pop-up grocery stores in metro Atlanta.
The stores are aimed at helping senior citizens and low-income families. Each store is expected to serve more than 300 families with two weeks of groceries.
“The city of Atlanta is my home, which is why it’s so important for me to help the local community and give back during these difficult times. I am especially excited that we are continuing to support our arena part-time staff, who often work additional jobs to make ends meet with these groceries,” Collins said. “I’m proud to be working with the Hawks Foundation, State Farm and Goodr to make sure people are getting the food and meals they need.”
One store will serve Hawks and State Farm Arena part-time workers. More than 1,100 part-time employees work for the team, which has committed to making sure employees are still paid during NBA season shutdown.
The other two stores will be located at Lucky Shoals Park in Gwinnett County and Gresham Park in DeKalb County.
The Hawks and Goodr have already hosted six pop-up grocery stores in previous weeks. During those events, the organizations gave groceries to 400 seniors and 2,700 families.
“The pop-up grocery stores that we’ve done in partnership with the Atlanta Hawks and State Farm have meant so much to the Atlanta community. Each week registration filled up in a matter of minutes because food is a resource that people can’t live without,” said Goodr founder Jasmine Crowe. “During these critical times I’m thrilled to be extending the reach with additional pop-ups and home deliveries in Metro Atlanta and serving the community when it’s needed, now more than ever.”