The Blue Jays take pride in playing for a nation, and right now more than ever, we are all playing for Canada as we stay home and support our teammates, neighbours and loved ones.
The Blue Jays and Jays Care Foundation are stepping up to the plate to give back to the country that supports the team all season long by leading off a virtual fundraising food drive “From Home Plate to Your Plate” with 100% of proceeds benefitting Food Banks Canada, which includes a network of food banks serving communities in every Canadian province and territory.
With the help of Blue Jays players, alumni, coaches, and management, the Blue Jays, Jays Care, and its partners are encouraging fans to donate funds to Food Banks Canada through the From Home Plate to Your Plate virtual food drive – Jays Care and The Sprott Foundation will match fan donations for the first $300,000 donated by fans dollar-for-dollar. No matter what you can give, every little bit goes a long way: $1 CAD provides two meals for a person in need and with The Sprott Foundation and Jays Care's match, that $1 feeds a family of four. Donate Now.
1. How do I donate to From Home Plate to Your Plate?
Fans can donate at bluejays.com/fromhomeplatetoyourplate using VISA, Mastercard, or American Express.
2. Why should I donate through the From Home Plate to Your Plate virtual food drive instead of directly to Food Banks Canada
Together, Jays Care and The Sprott Foundation will match the first $300,000 donated by fans dollar-for-dollar ($250,000 from Jays Care and $50,000 from The Sprott Foundation), so your donation will go twice as far. $1 CAD provides two meals for one person in need so with The Sprott Foundation and Jays Care's match, that $1 could feed a family of four. With the match, a donation of just $20 will provide 80 meals for those in need. All donations will be directly donated to Food Banks Canada.
3. How are donations being allocated?
All donations are going directly to Food Banks Canada. The organization’s priority is to provide immediate support to help those in need as food banks respond to the crisis, including providing funds for food, sourcing essential support items, and shifting operations to include alternative delivery systems to enable physical distancing.Food Banks Canada helps support food banks in every Canadian province and territory, from large urban centres to allocating funds to provincial organizations that support smaller and rural communities.
4. What is The Sprott Foundation?
The Sprott Foundation is a charity dedicated to addressing homelessness and hunger in Canada, supporting initiatives that enable self-sufficiency and dignity for those in need. Jays Care and The Sprott Foundation have had a longstanding partnership in support of children and youth in Jays Care programs in addition to the annual Lady Jays Food Drive.
5. Will there still be a Lady Jays Food Drive scheduled during the season?
The Lady Jays Food Drive is the club’s longest running community initiative with this season’s campaign marking the 36th year. We have expanded the Lady Jays Food Drive through the launch of From Home Plate to Your Plate and moved it virtually for now to support our community in this time of need. As soon as we receive more information from MLB on what our season will look like, we will find ways to continue to support our community.
6. Can I donate on behalf of or in memory of someone?
Yes – donations can be made on behalf of or in honour of someone. Please select “Donate in honour/memory of an individual,” when filling out the donation form.
7. Will my donation be eligible for a charitable tax receipt?
Yes – you will receive your charitable tax receipt for donations $20 and above directly to the email you list under “Contact Information.”
8. Will my charitable tax receipt be inclusive of the matched total?
No – charitable tax receipts include the monetary amount donated, exclusive of the matched total.
9. I currently reside outside of Canada – can I still donate to From Home Plate to Your Plate virtual food drive?
Yes – donations can be accepted from fans residing outside of Canada using VISA, Mastercard, or American Express.
10. I currently reside outside of Canada – is my donation eligible for a charitable tax receipt?
Jays Care Foundation is a registered charity in Canada and the United States and therefore charitable tax receipts will be recognized in these countries. Regardless of where you live in the world, you will still receive a tax receipt via email.
11. Can I donate food items directly to my local Food Banks Canada?
As the situation changes rapidly, food banks are responding to local needs while following public health authorities’ advice. Food is in need, but it is best to check with each food bank to understand the best way to give right now. In some cases, funds are a better option as it allows the food bank to purchase the most needed food items, while maintaining controls and safety precautions.If you have been sick or have come into contact with someone who has been sick, you should be self-isolating and kindly ask that you do not visit a food bank in-person to donate.
12. Can I drop off donations at Rogers Centre?
From Home Plate to Your Plate was created as an alternate way to keep our community fed by encouraging monetary donations from fans and partners with Jays Care and The Sprott Foundation enthusiastically matching the first $300,000 of fan donations dollar-for-dollar. Blue Jays and Rogers Centre staff are practicing the physical distancing measures implemented by Toronto Public Health and the Public Health Agency of Canada, so are unable to accept in-person donations at this time.
13. I am unable to monetarily donate to From Home Plate to Your Plate – are there other ways that I can support?
We understand and appreciate that many Canadians are facing uncertain economic challenges. If you would like to contribute in another way, we appreciate fans sharing our virtual food drive with family and friends, as well as on your social media channels.
14. How are the Blue Jays' corporate partners getting involved?
The Blue Jays are asking its partners to step up to the plate and donate to assist in the fundraising efforts.
15. Are Blue Jays players donating?
While we won’t disclose anyone’s personal donation amounts, Blue Jays players, alumni, coaches, and Front Office staff have all been invited to donate.
If you have further questions regarding From Home Plate to Your Plate, please reach out to Fan Feedback at [email protected]