Royals Charities celebrates Juneteenth by partnering with C&C Produce, KCPD & the KCUYA to distribute produce

June 18th, 2020

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (June 18, 2020) – As we reflect and celebrate alongside our community on Juneteenth, Royals Charities is partnering with C&C Produce, the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department, the Kansas City Urban Youth Academy and the USDA to provide over 5,000 boxes of free produce to those in need. The distribution takes place tomorrow, June 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The distribution will occur at the Kansas City Urban Youth Academy located at 1622 E 17th Terrace, Kansas City, Mo. Recipients will receive 25 pound boxes of produce. Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last or until 2 p.m. No registration is required. 

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, is celebrated as an independence day for African Americans. It recognizes June 19, 1865 the day that the Emancipation Proclamation was announced to end slavery to the last 250,000 enslaved black people in Galveston, Texas. Juneteenth today, celebrates African American freedom and achievement, while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures. As it takes on a more national, symbolic and even global perspective, the events of 1865 in Texas are not forgotten, for all of the roots tie back to this fertile soil from which a national day of pride is growing.

Royals Charities created the Royals Respond Fund to support Kansas City-area nonprofits who care for those affected by COVID-19. Together with Royals players, the team’s ownership group, associates and Royals Charities Community Champions Price Chopper and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, the fund is helping the effort to fight hunger and has expanded to other areas of need.

Previous beneficiaries of the Royals Respond Fund include Harvesters-The Community Food Network, the Don Bosco Center’s Meals on Wheels program, Cross-Lines Community Outreach, Inc., HappyBottoms-Diaper Bank, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kansas City, Emmanuel Family & Child Development Center, the Guadalupe Centers, Operation BBQ Relief, Operation Breakthrough and Mimi’s Pantry. Fans can donate now at royals.com/royalsrespond.

For more information, visit our Royals and Royals Charities social media channels.