This Saturday, Real Salt Lake was scheduled to host the New England Revolution at Rio Tinto Stadium. With the possibility of 20,000 fans in attendance, the Rio Tinto Stadium food services partner, Levy, needed to be ready to feed them all. However, with Major League Soccer season suspended until May 10, that left a lot of food that was not going to stay fresh before RSL’s next home match.
With activity suspended at Zions Bank Stadium and the Zions Bank Real Academy, too, there was nearly 1,500 pounds of food ready to be prepared for the masses that would go bad well before teams returned to action.
That’s where the RSL Foundation came in.
In joining together, the RSL Foundation, Real Food and Levy packed all 1,500 pounds of food into trucks over the last three days and delivered them to the Utah Food Bank in South Salt Lake. Coupled with the $5,000 that the RSL Foundation was donating, the Utah Food Bank will be able to provide 22,250 meals to those in need during a time when the needs will be great as the region – like the rest of the world – combats the coronavirus pandemic.
“This is bigger than soccer,” RSL Foundation Executive Director Mary Van Minde said.
For more information on how to donate, visit the Utah Food Bank website here.