Melvin Gordon Launches Foundation at Second Harvest Food Bank Meal Distribution Program
Sunday, December 16, 2018
|Chargers running back Melvin Gordon launched his brand new
Beyond the Flash Foundation on Saturday with its first outreach program—a
partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast and Second
Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. The launch event at the Boys & Girls
Clubs of Central Orange Coast provided food for 1,000 kids.
|Mingling with the crowd of over 1,000 students and parents
from surrounding Orange County communities, the Los Angeles Chargers star
running back appeared at the outreach program, helping families select fresh
fruits and vegetables from Second Harvest Food Bank’s mobile pantry. Kids of
all ages were greeted by Santa Claus and his helpers and given a special
Christmas gift from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast.
|With a focus on childhood hunger and educational
opportunities for underprivileged youth, the Beyond the Flash Foundation
strategically launched during a season when hunger is at an all-time high. When
school is out, these at-risk students do not receive their usual free school
lunches, which so many of them rely upon.
|“I am honored to partner with such strong organizations like
this to provide food, so students will have one less worry this holiday
season,” said Gordon. “There is no greater cause as close to my heart as this one.”
|The meal distribution program is the second hunger relief
initiative that Gordon has participated in this season, having been selected as
Week 1’s Community MVP for helping to distribute hundreds of meals to local
families and veterans through the Los Angeles Meal Pack for 9/11 Day. The
program also precedes his inaugural fundraising event on December 19, which
will be held at the Balboa Bay House in Newport Beach, California.
|The Beyond the Flash Foundation will act as a vehicle for Gordon
to achieve his personal philanthropic goals. With a cause close to the
founder’s heart, Beyond the Flash Foundation aims to provide economically
challenged students with resources to succeed, supporting low-income children
throughout Orange County and Los Angeles.