Nationals Players & First Ladies at Capital Area Food Bank
Nationals Players Willie Harris, Alberto Gonzalez, Wil Nieves and their wives–The First Ladies–volunteered at the Capital Area Food Bank yesterday. The players and First Ladies, along with members of the Nationals Communications and Community Relations staff, packed meals for the Capital Area Food Bank’s Weekend Bag program, a service that provides weekly bags of food for children who do not have access to school meals. At the Food Bank warehouse, the group was able to pack 640 bags to be delivered to community-based sites for distribution to area children.
Nieves and his wife, Yormarie, visited the Food Bank last year to pack meals for a similar program. Both were especially eager to return again this year to help out kids in need, as they are expecting their first child this summer.
“It’s surprising that most of the people that don’t have food are kids,” Nieves said. “I can’t imagine having my kid without food just for one day.”
In support of the Capital Area Food Bank’s efforts to end hunger in the DC Metro area, the Nationals are teaming up with them for the fifth consecutive year to host the Annual Food Drive at Nationals Park on May 22 and 23 when the Nationals take on the Baltimore Orioles. Fans may donate non-perishable food items and paper products (plates, cups, napkins, etc.) outside the Center Field Gate from the time gates open through the fourth inning. All items collected will benefit the Capital Area Food Bank and the 478,000-plus people they serve through 700 nonprofit partner agencies.
“We love what they do for the community here in Washington,” Nieves said. “It feels good that we just can help any way we can, just a little bit of our time, I know we’re going to make a difference.”