LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Whether big or small, a donated can, loaf of bread, providing food for a hungry dining table is a big act.
That act is also echoed by the Louisville Bats who teamed up with Dare to Care in this fight to end hunger this month.
“I’ve seen a lot of minor-league baseball here,” said Greg Galiette, president of the Louisville Bats. “I grew up in a somewhat low middle-income family. My father passed when I was five, so my mom had some tough times trying to raise myself and my daughter sometimes.”
Fighting hunger is a cause near to his heart.
“It’s always been important to me being with this franchise that we continue to try to be an affordable option for the family unit to come together and share some memories. And, when we can also partner with local charities and shed light on certain elements and certain topics and subjects that need to have light shed upon them. I think that helps us as a franchise kind of fulfill our role here in the community,” Galiette said.
The Louisville native is in his 39th year with the Bats and knows from his experience that some people may have a hard time asking for help with food.
“People are very proud and a lot of times when they have issues like that, a lot of times they don’t want to discuss them. So we’re hopefully maybe helping shine a light on that and bringing that a little bit more to the forefront,” Galiette said.
According to Dare to Care, one in seven people struggle with hunger in Louisville and southern Indiana.
“We’ve been a strong supporter of Dare to Care down through the years, even going back to our days with the Louisville Redbirds at our old stadium,” Galiette said.
Chris Clark is among the flow of people contributing to the collection.
“You know, with homelessness, it’s a lot around places, particularly where we live. We live right at the Bullitt County, Jefferson County line, so we see a lot of, you know, a lot of people, unfortunate people there. So we try to help out as much as you can,” Clark said.
Earlier this month, Dare to Care hosted a Food Fight Day of Service.
Over 200 volunteers from 16 companies showed support to 18 Dare to Care partners.
Last year, they raised $700,000 in funds during Hunger Action Month, which is in September.