Jonathan Isaac knew what would happen to kids who were out of school due to the threat of coronavirus: they would miss meals.
Isaac knew he had to take action. With help from JUMP Ministries as well as Orlando commissioner Regina Hill, Isaac spearheaded an effort to provide breakfast and lunch to boys and girls who otherwise would go without a meal.
“This is what we’ve been called to do, and we take our call to Christ seriously,” Isaac told NBA.com. “This is what we want to do, we want to be a light to our community. We want to stand up and find a way to help out.’’
Isaac, who played at Florida State from 2016-17 and is now in his third season with the Orlando Magic, has helped coordinate the grab-and-go meals. Volunteers began serving on Monday, with about 75 youth participating on day 1.
The breakfast and lunch meals are hot and ready for kids to eat, served in to-go containers. Volunteers are complying with CDC guidelines, wearing gloves and keeping a distance from boys and girls as they receive food.
As part of the response, Isaac is also pushing an effort that provides families a box of non-perishables that will last a week. Items will include oatmeal, cereal, canned goods, instant rice and instant jambalaya. It’s a similar concept to what Second Harvest food banks have done around the country.
On Tuesday, Isaac took to social media to thank those who have helped.
“I’m excited and I say thank you from the bottom of my heart,” Isaac said on Twitter. “I know it’s only going to grow. This is what we do when times get tough.”
Donations can be made on ProjectLifeNow.org