The New York Yankees are committed to supporting community-based organizations that promote healthy lifestyles for New York City youth.
The New York Yankees, Legends Hospitality, Ace Endico and Food Bank for New York City partner to implement/host healthy lifestyle initiatives. The Healthy Home Plate Program provides area youth with the opportunity to participate in a program focused on the importance of preparing affordable, healthy meals and incorporating these meals into their lifestyle. Kitchens located in Yankee Stadium become classrooms, where Sous Chefs engage youth with hands-on cooking demonstrations. During the interactive lesson, nutritionists from the Food Bank for New York City educate students about nutrition and the value of the ingredients in the recipes prepared. Ace Endico supplies the ingredients for the meals prepared in class. In recognition of the students' participation/completion of the Program, their efforts are showcased during a pregame ceremony at Yankee Stadium. In addition, each participant receives a personalized chefs jacket, certificate, cookbook of healthy recipes, environmentally-friendly shopping bag with provisions required from the cooking demonstration for students to prepare healthy meals at home, and tickets to attend the game.
The New York Yankees and the New York Blood Center established a partnership to address the issue of the declining blood donor population. As a result, the New York Yankees High School Blood Donor Championship was created. High schools based in the metropolitan area are provided with incentives (tickets, promotional items, etc.) to motivate staff and students 16 years or older to donate blood at their school blood drives. The total number of donations collected at each school competing in the Blood Donor Championship is tallied at the conclusion of the academic year, and the top schools are invited to attend a game at Yankee Stadium and are honored during an on-field pregame ceremony. The New York Yankees High School Blood Donor Championship has surpassed 1,000,000 donations collected since the program's inception in 1996.