It shouldn’t surprise you, but John Calipari and his wife Ellen are doing what they can to help families affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The Calipari Foundation and Kroger are partnering with Fayette County Public Schools to provide food for families in need through at least April 20.
“We are in uncharted territory and in times of uncertainty,” John Calipari said in a press release. “Ellen and I have been looking for ways to help in our corner of the world. Thanks to Kroger and Fayette County Schools, we can provide some immediate relief with these funds and hopefully give these families one less thing to worry about. If schools remain closed past April 20 and we need to do more and extend this, the foundation will continue to help.”
On this morning’s video conference with reporters, Calipari said the initial plan is to help 400 families with groceries for the next four weeks, but that can be extended.
“This is going to be ongoing. For four weeks, those 400 families will get groceries and then if they need more, we’ll do more. If it’s eight weeks or more, we’ll go that way. But for four weeks, we’re going to do this and the Fayette County Schools have been unbelievable to work with. Kroger, unbelievable to work with. So, as I say this, I’d like it to be 500 or 1,000 families if anyone wants to join in on this or talk to the Fayette County Schools, they can.”
There are two ways to donate to the Fayette Country Schools fund. The first way is by texting GIVE to (859) 955-8173. The second way is by selecting the CONTRIBUTE button at www.caliparifoundation.org/contribute to access PayPal Giving.
Our foundation, @CalipariFund, is going to be working with @FCPSKY to fund a program and make sure the families of children in need in elementary schools across our state are fed during this difficult time.https://t.co/YFP6jXPMYO pic.twitter.com/zZT76FOfcY
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) March 24, 2020
Calipari said he felt compelled to help because he recalls the tough times his family went through when his father was laid off from his job.
“My dad was 55 when he got laid off from the airline industry. He was a fueler for the airplanes and at age 55, you no longer have a job. He went part time for three years trying to build himself back. I know what my mother and father went through when that happened and as a family, what that does.”