We just debuted “McDeep Dive”, our new series that will spotlight one Giants player every day for a week. We’ll move backwards and forwards through time, look at on the field stuff, off the field stuff, and see if we can learn something new about them. Here’s part 5 of this week’s subject, Hunter Pence.
There’s nothing in the rules that says millionaire athletes need to give back to the community with their time or money, and for someone like Hunter Pence who has an exuberant charisma, he could coast on that personality alone to just get likes and be thought of well in the abstract. Instead, he and his wife, Alexis Pence, are members of the Influencer Council for No Kid Hungry, a national campaign that seeks to end childhood hunger in America. The campaign focuses on bolstering school breakfast programs, summer meals, and nutrition education.
Last Thursday, the Pence’s hosted a nutrition education program at the AT&T Park garden to teach Bay Area kids how to make easy healthy meals like vegetable pizza and a fruit salad salsa. This is an invaluable skill a lot of college kids my age could’ve used because after college, the only things I knew how to cook were peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and the cheapest, tastiest options on the Taco Bell menu. But enough about my trash gremlin habits. Here’s what Hunter Pence had to say:
“Access to healthy food is critical to kids’ success in the classroom and beyond. When kids get the food they need, they thrive.”
Here’s video from the event:
He’s also a huge supporter of Palo Alto’s Bon Appétit restaurant company. They have their own food literacy programming for kids as well. You can read more about Bon Appétit’s approach here and more about No Kid Hungry here.
Hunter Pence could have just done what most baseball players do and have a baseball camp named after him — which he does — and keep his interactions with kids limited to just baseball education, like this glorious bit of comedy I’m sure most of you remember —
but he’s chosen to branch out and try to help the community outside of baseball with the help of his notoriety from it. That’s a good example of using privilege to help people, and any chance we get to see a baseball player be a human being is always a good thing. It helps to know who we’ve been rooting for all these years.
Special thanks Allison deBrauwere from the No Kid Hungry campaign for providing photos and the Hunter Pence quote from this event. Visit NoKidHungry.org for more information about the campaign.
Also, check out 18 Reasons, a San Francisco-based organization dedicated to empowering the Bay Area community with the confidence and creativity to buy, cook, and eat good food every day.