Jayson Tatum, Bradley Beal team up to make sizable donations to local food banks in Boston and St. Louis

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By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Jayson Tatum became the latest Boston sports figure to donate to the cause as the global economy takes a massive hit amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tatum announced via Instagram on Monday that he and good friend Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards are teaming up to donate $250,000 each to the Boston and St. Louis area. Large-scale food cargo service Lineage Logistics is matching $250,000 with the Jayson Tatum Foundation.

The donations are going to benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank, the St. Louis Area Foodbank, and food bank network Feeding America.

As this virus continues to spread, the future has never felt so unpredictable. And while I sincerely pray that everyone is staying safe, healthy and social distancing, the reality is this virus has negatively impacted our families, loved ones and communities in so many ways. Because of the hardships created through this national health crisis and in an effort to help those in need in the Boston and St. Louis area, I am, through The Jayson Tatum Foundation, partnering with @feedingamerica and @lineagelogistics on their "Share A Meal" campaign. Together, @lineagelogistics and The Jayson Tatum Foundation are pledging to match $250,000 in the Boston area and, with my good friend and fellow basketball player Bradley Beal, $250,000 in the St. Louis area, to help provide meals through @feedingamerica, @stlfoodbank and @gr8bosfoodbank. This campaign will help some of the hardest hit communities in Boston and in Brad and my hometown of St. Louis, receive meals. If you are able to help, I am asking my family, friends, fans and partners to follow the link in my bio to help make a difference in our communities during a very difficult time. I would especially like to thank all the frontline workers and volunteers who are working around the clock to keep all of us safe and healthy. Together.... we will make a difference. #NBATogether #ActsOfCaring

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Tatum also encouraged his followers to donate whatever they can to each of the food banks through this link that he posted in his Instagram bio.

Both Tatum and Beal are natives of St. Louis, so it makes perfect sense that they'd donate to that area. And it's of course an incredible gesture to pledge so much funding to the Greater Boston Food Bank as well. Meals may only get harder to come by for struggling families as the U.S. largely shuts down during the coronavirus outbreak. Every bit of donation helps, and this was a large one.

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