Bader, Yanks host 28th Holiday Food Drive

December 7th, 2022

The Yankees held their 28th Holiday Food Drive on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

Outfielder Harrison Bader, a New York native, joined Yankees staff to take in-person food donations from fans at the food drive, which is a joint initiative between the Yankees, CTown and Bravo supermarkets and Krasdale Foods.

"I'm a local kid, born and raised, so to be back playing and engaging with the fans in that way is incredible. But even when we're not on the field, any way I can be accessible to the Yankees, with their reach -- I'm just very happy to be here," Bader said Wednesday. "The food drive is a win-win for everybody involved. It's a great day in the Bronx. It's a great event."

The Yankees will work with Bronx Clergy to distribute all the food that was donated at the Holiday Food Drive to families in need throughout the Bronx. On Wednesday, 3,430 pounds of food were collected from Yankees fans.

"As much as they might be ferocious in season, it's nice to see the other side where they're donating pounds and pounds of food," Bader said. "As much as we might be ferocious for wins, we also have a side that gives back to the community. That's really what New York is about."

On top of what the fans donated, Krasdale Foods, which helped kick off the food drive last week, is contributing about 100,000 pounds of food to the Yankees.

The Yankees will also help distribute 4,000 food vouchers of $25 each to those in need so they can buy additional food.

Wednesday's in-person event capped a week-long virtual food drive where fans could make monetary donations online. The Yankees collected $22,000 worth of donations from the virtual food drive, which will be used toward the purchase of extra food to be distributed over the holiday season.

"This is the return of our in-person holiday food drive, and just since we opened the doors this morning, we have seen people, familiar faces, that have supported this event for 28 years," said Yankees senior VP of marketing Debbie Tymon.

Fans who donated at least $30 to the virtual food drive or brought at least 30 pounds of non-perishable food to the in-person food drive received vouchers for two complimentary tickets to a 2023 Yankees home game.

"That's the win-win aspect," Bader said. "Food drives are immensely important for people in need and people who don't have access to food. With the Yankees' reach, you bring a lot of food, and then you get tickets back. The more fans we put in the seats cheering us on, the better, and then the flip side of that, it's a wonderful cause."