The Sacramento Kings have donated thousands of pounds of food this week to local organizations to help feed those in the community who have been impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.
The team announced Friday that all prepared and perishable food on hand on Golden 1 Center has been donated to the Sacramento County Office of Education and the Sacramento Food Bank. The food would have gone unused at the arena, where Kings games and other upcoming events have been canceled or postponed in response to the outbreak.
The Kings said they donated nearly 1,000 pounds of prepared food to the Sacramento Food Bank after their game against the New Orleans Pelicans was postponed Wednesday. They donated about 2,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables to the Sacramento County Office of Education on Friday to assist efforts to provide meals to families affected by Sacramento County school closures.
“The health and well-being of our community is our top priority,” the Kings said in a written statement. “We are committed to looking out for one another as we all navigate this uncertain time together.”
The NBA has suspended its season for a minimum of 30 days after two Utah Jazz players tested positive for the coronavirus. Other upcoming sporting events and concerts at Golden 1 Center have been cancelled or postponed as well, including the CIF State Basketball Championships, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament and concerts featuring Celine Dion and Cher.
Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health recommend limiting large gatherings for the remainder of March to slow the spread of the coronavirus.