ESPN has recently released a 10-part documentary on Michael Jordan, a 14-time NBA All-Star and one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
The documentary called ‘The Last Dance’ includes hundreds of hours of footage that encompasses the Chicago Bulls’ rise to fame in the 1990s. It specifically highlights the years 1997-1998 when the team was successful in winning a total of six titles.
An average of 5.6 million people watched every episode of the documentary, which earned it the title of the most-watched documentary on ESPN in history. It broke the record of the 2012 documentary made on Bo Jackson.
Following the documentary, Michael Jordan donated $2 million to Feeding America, the largest organization in the US that works towards hunger relief.
The organization featured his statement in a tweet, where he expresses that amidst this difficult year because of the coronavirus pandemic, it is important now more than ever to be grateful. He also adds that he’s proud to have the chance to donate these proceeds to the organization.
An incredible gift to be thankful for – NBA legend Michael Jordan is donating $2 million to help our neighbors facing hunger! #TheLastDance
— Feeding America (@FeedingAmerica) November 25, 2020
Feeding America reported earlier this month that over 54 million people across the nation will be suffering from food insecurity soon. This number amounts to 16% of the American population and more than 1 in 6 people.
The number has increased by 17 million since the beginning of the pandemic. The chief operating officer of the organization reports that 40% of the people who are requesting food assistance never needed it before.
Hunger and health issues are disproportionately affecting the minorities amidst the pandemic. The congressional district is ranked second in food insecurity among children in America. Blacks and Latinos are the main residents of this district.
The CEO of Feeding America reports that even before the coronavirus crisis, 22 million children depended on free and reduced meals. Since schools have been shut down due to the pandemic, not only the education of children is being affected but they have also lost their source of food.
According to the organization, 18 out of 25 counties that will suffer the most consist mainly of Black households. Moreover, even before the pandemic, African Americans were two and a half times more affected by food insecurity than White Americans. In addition to this, Latinos are twice more affected.
Feeding America has adapted to the pandemic to provide social distancing options including drive-through pantries, home delivery, and seniors-only hours.