Former NBA player Ricky Davis, along with his non-profit organization The Ricky Davis Legacy Foundation, is giving back to communities in need through the #FeedYourCityChallenge. The challenge was developed in collaboration with Houston music industry legend Tony Draper. With Draper’s connections in the music industry and the foundation’s passion to help communities, the #FeedYourCityChallenge was born challenging entertainers and athletes to give back to their cities.
The challenge is an extension of the foundation’s Dribble Out Hunger Campaign that started four years ago to help families in lower-income areas obtain food and resources. The campaign initially started with the foundation providing services to those in homeless and domestic violence and abuse shelters in the Pearlman and Houston, Texas areas. Since then, the foundation’s efforts have expanded to assist communities across the country.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization has had to alter the way it distributes goods and resources to communities. Goods for the #FeedYourCityChallenge are distributed through a contact-free, drive-thru relief distribution area. At the distribution area, the foundation provides about 10,000 pounds of meat, 20,000 pounds of fresh produce, and 4,000 gallons of milk, which is distributed to around 3,000 to 5,000 people in that specific city. They also are supplying personal protection equipment like face masks and rubber gloves.
The #FeedYourCityChallenge kicked off last weekend in Norfolk and Petersburg, Virginia with Trey Songz and Pusha T. Entertainers like DJ Mustard, Jhene Aiko, Fabolous, and Trouble have accepted the challenge in their cities.
In addition to feeding those in need, The Ricky Davis Legacy Foundation provides resources and opportunities to underprivileged youth in the Pearland and Houston areas. They have also hosted events that promote health and wellness to the disadvantaged and displaced, oral hygiene awareness, and annual physical check-ups for youth. They have also assisted with tax filing, felony expungement, and provided welfare packs. Davis’ ultimate goal with his foundation is to open the RD Legacy Center. The center will serve as a safe haven for children and families to receive resources.
For ways to support The Ricky Davis Legacy Foundation, you can donate funds by texting LEGACY to 243725 or visit their website. You can also stay tuned on social media @therickydavislegacyfoundation and with the hashtag #FeedYourCityChallenge for more information about the events.
The next #FeedYourCityChallenge event will take place in Brooklyn, New York on Friday, July 3rd, at the Christian Cultural Center.