The Grand Giving Initiative
Curtis Granderson and the Grand Kids Foundation are committed to the fight against food insecurity across our country,
including his hometown of Chicago and New York City - his home away from home.
Founded in 2007, the Grand Kids Foundation initially set out to provide education and athletic opportunities for inner city youth.
As the Foundation evolved, Granderson witnessed a common thread in the markets in which Grand Kids provided
programs - food insecurity.
In his hometown, 1-in-5 children are food insecure and unsure when/where they will receive their next meal.
This fact hit home when a young boy attending a Grand Kids after school youth baseball camp shared that he wouldn't
eat again until free breakfast served at school the next day.
No After School Snack. No Dinner. No Chance.
How can we expect our kids to excel in the classroom or on the playing field if they aren't eating?
And so, Curtis Granderson and the Grand Kids Foundation started the Grand Giving campaign
- entirely focused on conquering food insecurity.
How does it work?
Grand Giving is an annual hunger relief campaign hosted by New York Mets Curtis Granderson and the Grand Kids Foundation.
The month-long program - hosted each November in Granderson's hometown of Chicago and New York City - takes a strategic, multifaceted approach that provides meals and builds capacity in the neediest communities.
Grand Giving raises awareness and engagement through its partnerships with grocery partners via the "Check Out to Help Out" program (among other donation opportunities) and the Night of Grand Giving Celebrity Fundraiser Event, which turns dollars into meals served.
Helping End Hunger. One Meal at a Time.
*The Grand Kids Foundation and all associated programs have no operating expenses, ensuring that every
penny donated directly supports and influences “grand kids” across the globe.'
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Curtis Granderson + Grand Kids
New York Mets All-Star Outfielder and Chicago native, Curtis Granderson, is considered one of the most philanthropic athletes
in professional sports. The three-time MLB All Star is the Founder of the Grand Kids Foundation (est. 2007), Spokesperson for
The White House’s Let’s Move anti-obesity campaign as well as the Partnership for a Healthier America’s Drink Up (H20) initiative,
and serves as a Major League Baseball International Ambassador.
In 2012, Granderson made an initial donation of $5 Million to his alma mater – The University of Illinois at Chicago – for the development of Curtis Granderson Stadium at UIC. The University, Major League Baseball and its partners contributed additional funds for the $15 Million project and state-of-the art facility, which serves Chicago’s inner-city youth. In this unrivaled partnership,
Curtis and UIC are committed to bringing America’s favorite past time to 20,000+ kids annually in the City of Chicago by providing experiences that will aid in their mental and physical development.