By Patricia Cobe
March 26, 2020
As the coronavirus exploded into a pandemic over the past couple of weeks, sports and other events across the country have taken a big hit. All NHL and NBA games were canceled, the start of baseball season was postponed, and conventions and performances have been called off across the country. That left Centerplate, a foodservice company that operates at arenas, stadiums, convention centers and other large venues, with a lot of food on its hands. The Centerplate teams at various locations quickly came up with plans for the surplus to help those in need.
“Through close correspondence with local health departments and our global network of expert resources, we are implementing all the necessary protocols at each of the venues where we serve and giving back to the local community with prepared and unused food whenever we can,” a Centerplate spokesperson said. “We hope these donations will have a direct impact during these trying times.”
Among the initiatives it enacted:
At the Baltimore Convention Center, just under 3 tons of food was distributed among several area nonprofits. Fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, meat and beverages were divided among New Life Food Pantry, Project PLASE Emergency Shelter, St. Vincent de Paul’s Beans & Bread and Helping Up Mission.