In response to the devastating hurricanes that ravaged Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas, the Mets held two Hurricane Relief Drives to help those impacted by Hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey. The Mets partnered with New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on the Empire State Relief & Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico to collect relief items at Citi Field during the last week of September. The team worked with Queens Borough President Melinda Katz to collect donations to help those affected in Houston and Florida.
Mets fans and New Yorkers heeded the call and turned out in full force to help others in need. The Mets collected over 300,000 pounds of food, water, diapers, toiletries, paper products and more.
The supplies for Puerto Rico were sent to the island via charter planes and cargo ships. An 18-wheel truck loaded with items for Florida headed to First Data Field in Port. St. Lucie where more than 60 Mets minor leaguers unloaded the supplies and distributed them to groups working with Mustard Seed assisting the community in nearby Ft. Pierce. The second 18-wheeler bound for Texas was received by the Houston Food Bank.
The drive would not have been a success without the generosity of hundreds of New Yorkers and Mets partners including Alliance Building Services, Hain Celestial, Anheuser-Busch, Coca-Cola and Aramark.