FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — This week, two New England sports teams have been working together to send meals to local people in need during the coronavirus pandemic.
On Saturday morning, the New England Patriots teamed up with the New England Revolution and sent a Patriots truck filled with boxes of non-perishable food from Gillette Stadium to Chelsea, the city hit hardest by the pandemic.
Donna Spirgarollo, Director of Community Relations with the Patriots, told WBZ NewsRadio the food packages contain enough to feed two people three meals a day for two weeks.
"Hopefully that will help them," she said. "I know in speaking with the city manager, their plan is to distribute them and deliver them to people who are quarantined and can't get into the food lines to be able to get food."
Saturday's event was part of a string of food drives that the sports teams have been running during the pandemic. For the past five weeks, they have been getting together with USA Veterans & Military Support Foundation to deliver “vital food packages” to veterans, military families and veteran service organizations.
On Friday, Gillette stadium held its first ever “Soup-R Bowl.” Instead of packing the stadium with thousands of fans, volunteers packed 1,000 vehicles with meals for local families and veterans.
For three hours, recipients were able to pick up a special Mother’s Day tailgate package containing soup, crackers, salad fixings, eggs, cheese, assorted frozen vegetables, fruit and more without leaving their cars.
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