The New York Mets kicked off their “MetsGiving” initiatives with a food drive benefiting New York Common Pantry at Citi Field Wednesday, Nov. 15. This event, along with the other MetsGiving initiatives, is part of the organization’s greater effort to help combat food insecurity.
Fans and community members donated canned and packaged non-perishable foods during this event, with those who donated at least ten of these items receiving vouchers for two tickets to a Mets home game of their choosing in 2024.
“At the heart of the New York Mets organization is a commitment to community and MetsGiving is a testament to that,” Mets Co-Head of Foundation and Community Engagement Julianna Sabra said. “As we kick off this annual holiday tradition, we look to turning the love and support we receive from the Queens community into meaningful action.”
In addition to the food drive, the Mets held their ninth annual turkey giveaway on Friday, Nov. 17. More than 7,500 turkeys were given out to families in need across all boroughs ahead of Thanksgiving.
Food insecurity is a big problem in Queens. According to recent City Harvest reports, there has been an 87% increase in children going to food pantries in Queens since 2019.
MetsGiving will be continuing into December with more initiatives set to take place. On Wednesday, Dec. 6, the Mets, New York Cares and 1PointFive will be holding a coat drive at Citi Field from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mets personnel, along with New York Cares and 1PointFive volunteers will be collecting donations to keep those in need warm during the winter in New York. Those who donate a new or gently used winter coat will receive a voucher redeemable for two tickets to a select Mets home game in 2024 (excluding Opening Day and the Subway Series).
From noon to 3 p.m., fans will have the chance to meet and take pictures with Santa when the Coca-Cola Holiday Caravan comes through in Lot A. Further details for this event can be found at mets.com/CoatDrive.
On Tuesday, Dec. 12, the Amazin’ Mets Foundation will be partnering with Delta to support a local shelter in Queens. Families will receive receive a special holiday meal and gifts from the Mets front office staff and Delta employees. Mets players and mascots are also expected to take part in this initiative.
The final MetsGiving event is the annual kids holiday party, scheduled to take place in Citi Field’s Piazza Club on Wednesday, Dec. 13. More than 125 Queens students from Title 1 schools are expected to attend this special event. There will be games, lunch and holiday crafts. Additionally, Mets players will be joining Santa in handing out gifts.