Stephen and Ayesha Curry Debut “Eat, Learn, Play” Bus for Oakland Youth
Golden State Warriors champion Stephen "Steph" Curry continues to be one of the nicest players in the NBA. Curry and his wife Ayesha are now dispatching a colorful school bus to underserved communities in Oakland, California. The bus will go around offering free meals, games, and learning opportunities for children.
The Currys’ Eat.Learn.Play Foundation has partnered with No Kid Hungry and the Oakland Unified School District for this endeavor. Their whimsical bus features a food station, library, flat screen TVs, a sound system, a basketball hoop, artwork, and a rooftop deck for 35 children.
“This idea came basically from me wanting to find a way to eradicate food deserts within the Oakland area. At first, the idea was around, ‘How can we find locations where people can come and pick up fresh produce and other things for their families?’ Logistically, especially with COVID, that idea started to seem far-fetched,” Ayesha said.
Food insecurity is a pressing problem in many Oakland neighborhoods. Around 54,000 children in Alameda County were food insecure in 2019. That number has grown since the pandemic, along with learning loss from school closures.
The Currys have a long and laudable history of philanthropy in the San Francisco Bay. Early this year the couple donated $25,000 to a struggling restaurant in Emeryville.