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(CNN) –– The documentary "The Last Dance" was full of highlights about Michael Jordan's time with the six-time champion Chicago Bulls. Now, some proceeds from the Emmy-winning production will go to bring plates of food to the tables of the hungry in the US
Feeding America, the nation's largest food aid organization, thanked " His Airness " on Wednesday for a donation of US $ 2 million. A gesture that comes as the pandemic pushes an exorbitant number of Americans out of food security.
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«In these challenging times and in a year of unimaginable difficulty due to the covid- 19, it is more important than ever to pause and say thank you, "said Jordan, a 14-time NBA All Star, in a tweet sent by the organization.
"I am proud to donate additional proceeds from 'The Last Dance' to Feeding America and its member food banks in the Carolinas and Chicago," added the sports star.
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"The Last Dance ”From ESPN is a 10-part documentary series about one of the greatest basketball players in history. (And, yes, many basketball fans would say Jordan is the best.) The production was a very timely distraction in April , near the beginning of the pandemic.
The documentary was created with hundreds of hours of footage recording the Bulls' rise to full dominance in the 1990s. Special focus is on the 1997-1998 season, when Jordan and his team won the last of six titles.
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The documentary series was originally scheduled to air in June. However, when COVID-19 forced a hiatus in the NBA season and other sports offerings, ESPN teased its launch to fill the scheduling void.
Both loyal sports fans and casual fans alike were taken with it. loved "The Last Dance." And so the figures reveal: 5.6 million people tuned in to each episode on average. This makes it the most-watched ESPN documentary ever. Even on top of a 2012 production on Auburn University sports phenomenon Bo Jackson .
Michael Jordan's donation comes just in time. Feeding America warned earlier this month that more than 54 million Americans could soon face food insecurity. A figure that rivals recession statistics.
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That's about 16% of the population. Or, in other words, more than 1 in 6 Americans. The sum represents roughly 17 million more people than were hungry before the coronavirus outbreak, according to Feeding America.
"What we have seen has, unfortunately, been a consistently significantly higher level of need since the pandemic began," he said. Katie Fitzgerald, director of operations for the nonprofit organization. "About 40% of people who show up for food distribution have never had to rely on charitable food assistance before," he added.
In April, the US Department of Agriculture indicated that it had reserved more than $ 1.7 billion to help food banks in the looming crisis.
“It's a relief”
This week, Regina Status accepted a food basket , filled with turkey and other Thanksgiving mainstays, in her apartment at Bronx, New York. The products came from the Agatha House Foundation, a local food pantry,
She was not eligible for unemployment benefit and relied on money she set aside for her daughters' college fund to survive, she told CNN.
Lose her car several weeks ago it made her life harder. She is grateful for Agatha House's weekly deliveries, she noted.
Regina Status, right, and her 13-year-old daughter feed their neighbor, Mammie Vinning, in the Bronx.
“I didn't even know from where this was going to come out, "he commented. "It's a relief that someone is really thinking of me."
Agatha House now sees many new faces. And it has seen a 100% increase in demand since the pandemic began, according to founder Jeanette Joseph-Greenaway.
The Bronx, New York's poorest borough, serves as a microcosm of the national crisis. Precisely, it has the highest number of covid-19 cases and the highest unemployment rate in the five districts. Which shows how the pandemic and its severe side effects threaten to exacerbate already glaring health disparities among low-income families
Hunger and health problems hit minorities the most
The congressional district that the Bronx is in, Made up primarily of black and Latino households, it is the second worst in the country for food insecurity among children. A condition that, in addition, only worsens with the closure of schools.
“There are 22 million children who even before this pandemic were already dependent on free or reduced lunch,” said Feeding America Executive Director Claire Babineaux-Fontenot. “When you hear that schools are closed, that not only means there are challenges for educated children, it also means that meals are missed.”
Status knows this first-hand.
“I have to constantly buy food because now I must supply food for breakfast. Now I have to supply food for lunch, ”he said.
Before the pandemic, black Americans were nearly two and a half times more likely to live in food-insecure households than whites. While Latinos were twice as likely. The figures are from Feeding America, whose 2020 projections indicate 18 of the 25 most affected counties are mostly black.
Feeding America operates in every county in the US, with a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries. It has also instituted low or no contact options in many places, including dedicated senior hours, self-service pantries, and expanded home delivery. CNN's
Lauren Lee and Vanessa Yurkevich contributed to this report.
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