Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is donating $100,000 to charities helping the city fight the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a report by ESPN’s Vaughn McClure, the donation will be split equally between Atlanta Community Food Bank and Giving Kitchen, which provides the needy with food and assists those who work in the food service industry during times of emergency, respectively.
“Obviously there’s a ton of stuff going on right now with a lot of areas that need a lot of help, and we certainly have a lot of friends in the restaurant and food industry here in Atlanta,” Ryan told ESPN. “We felt like [Giving Kitchen] is a unique and cool organization that has helped different restaurants, people in that industry. We thought it would create awareness for one of the industries that’s going to struggle during this time.
“The Atlanta food bank is obviously another organization that does a great job. Certainly, there is a great need for funding there. It made sense for us to try and make a small impact.”
Currently, there are 146 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Georgia. 33 such cases are in Fulton County, 25 cases in Cobb County and 15 in DeKalb County. Monday, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp issued an executive order closing all public schools in Georgia. According to the order, all public elementary, secondary, and post-secondary public schools in Georgia must close between March 18-31. Moreover, Atlanta Public Schools (APS) announced Monday that it is increasing the number of food distribution sites and will be busing food to children 18 years old or younger while the District is closed for teleschooling and teleworking to prevent the spread. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed an executive order limiting gatherings to less than 250 people. Lastly, the Centers for Disease Control has issued guidance limiting gatherings to less than 50 people
“These places aren’t getting their typical income, so hopefully this helps [the workers] get through a little bit of a difficult time,” Ryan said. “We’re not sure how long this is going be or how slow it’s going to be during this time. Hopefully, we can help people get through the next week or two to help cover their bases.’’