Monica White, Food Share’s President & CEO; Cooper Kupp, Anna Kupp and Jenn Caldwell, Food Share’s Chief Development Officer at Thanksgiving Turkey Distribution
In a heartwarming display of community commitment, Cooper Kupp, the celebrated wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams, took center stage at Food Share’s Thanksgiving Turkey n’ Trimmings giveaway in College Park, Oxnard, on Tuesday, November 21. The event saw 1,800 families receive packages containing turkeys, seasonal fresh produce, and Thanksgiving trimmings, along with essential shelf-stable food items.
Kupp was joined by an impressive cohort of 45 student volunteers from Simi Valley’s Royal High School football team. Kupp has been actively mentoring these young athletes as part of the Rams’ partnership with the school.
Passionate about combating food insecurity, Kupp has championed various initiatives in Southern California, alongside fellow Rams players and staff. His commitment also reaches beyond state lines, as he has supported food banks in the Yakima and Richland areas in his home state of Washington.
Reflecting on the dire issue of food insecurity, Kupp commented, “My family and I are passionate about helping to address food insecurity in the region. Too many people are struggling to feed their families, including a staggering 1 in 4 people here in Ventura County. Knowing that the families here today will be able to sit down to a Thanksgiving meal is something we can all be grateful for.”
Monica White, Food Share’s President and CEO added, “The Rams’ ongoing participation in this food distribution highlights the impactful role sports figures can play in making a meaningful difference within their communities. We truly appreciate how Cooper is leveraging his influence beyond the football field to address the critical issue of food insecurity that affects so many individuals. And well done to all the student-athletes from Royal High School who worked so hard!”