In the program’s third year, the Santa Cruz Warriors, Kaiser Permanente and The Athletes’ Corner teamed up to donate 58,430 meals to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County as part of the Swishes for Dishes food insecurity initiative. During the 2022-23 NBA G League Regular Season, 10 meals were donated per point the Warriors scored. With a goal of 50,000 meals, the Sea Dubs surpassed that target and scored 5,843 points throughout the season, totaling 58,430 meals for the Santa Cruz community.
“The Santa Cruz Warriors were excited to host the Swishes for Dishes initiative for a third consecutive season,” said Santa Cruz Warriors President Chris Murphy. “We’re grateful to be able to donate over 58,000 meals to Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County as part of our ongoing commitment to reduce food insecurity in our communities.”
Launched in December 2020 with the Golden State Warriors, Kaiser Permanente and The Athletes’ Corner, Swishes for Dishes is an initiative designed to address food insecurity issues throughout the Bay Area. Since the initiative began during the 2020-21 season, the Santa Cruz Warriors have donated a total of 162,020 meals to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County. The Santa Cruz Warriors hope to further drive awareness to this program while supporting Santa Cruz County families in need.
“Kaiser Permanente is proud to partner on this effort because we know food insecurity is a significant barrier to health,” said Irene Chavez, senior vice president and area manager for Kaiser Permanente San Jose and Central Coast service areas. “Through partnerships like this, we are working to ensure residents have access to nutritious foods so they can live full and healthy lives”.
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About Kaiser Permanente
For 75 years, Kaiser Permanente has been committed to shaping the future of health and health care — and helping our members, patients, and communities experience more healthy years. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Since July 21, 1945, Kaiser Permanente’s mission has been to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.4 million members in 8 states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists, and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery, and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, and the support of community health.
About The Athletes’ Corner
The Athletes' Corner is a 501c3 non-profit organization that works with professional athletes and teams to strengthen families who are struggling mentally, spiritually, and physically through the vehicle of sports. Through The Athletes’ Corner vs. Hunger initiative, The Athletes’ Corner and Feeding America are providing meals to millions of people struggling with food insecurity through a unique approach linked to in-game performance of athletes and teams they partner with. The Athletes' Corner also creates uplifting media content that is focused on faith and family, to be a light for those who need more uplifting mentally and spiritually. Visit theathletescorner.org or their Instagram to learn more.