Ballistic United Soccer Club (BUSC) is announcing a partnership with Open Heart Kitchen (OHK) as their primary charitable organization for 2018 and possibly beyond. A portion of the proceeds from BUSC’s extremely popular Orange and Gold Fall Fundraiser will be donated to Open Heart Kitchen. Also, OHK provides an opportunity to BUSC’s soccer teams to volunteer their hours and help pack lunches for their Children’s Weekend Bag Lunch Program. Bag lunches are distributed to schools in Pleasanton, Livermore and Dublin every week. By providing a stable source of nutrition to children over the weekend, the program helps mitigate the numerous physical and emotional impacts of hunger.
“We believe this partnership is a natural fit since Open Heart Kitchen operates in the Tri-Valley, addresses some of the needs that our local children have around basic nutrition and offers some exposure to the soccer players to the hard realities that they may be otherwise sheltered from,” stated Scott McMillin, Director of Community Outreach and Public Relations for BUSC. Heather Greaux, Executive Director of Open Heart Kitchen welcomed BUSC to the OHK family. “I met with the BUSC board and found that there were some mutual benefits to both organizations that could be reached by partnering together. There are few volunteer opportunities that younger children can participate in and we agreed that the Children’s Weekend Bag Lunch Program is a good team building exercise for the kids. We are looking forward to extending our partnership in 2018.”
Ballistic United Soccer Club (BUSC) was established in 1968 to support the youth of Pleasanton, California and its surrounding un-incorporated areas. BUSC is a non-profit youth soccer organization with over 1,500 members and exists to serve all levels of youth soccer players while providing consistent BUSC core values to develop life skills to our members. More information about the club can be found at www.busc.org.
Open Heart Kitchen feeds the hungry every weekday as an interfaith effort and serves more than 345,000 meals annually. There is no qualifying process to receive meals. Meals can be eaten at OHK’s multiple serving sites or taken to go. OHK works in cooperation with the Alameda County Community Food Bank, more than a dozen local food pantries, and various Tri-Valley non-profits with missions to promote nutrition and hunger relief. More information about Open Heart Kitchen can be located at their website: www.openheartktchen.org.